"On May 31, 1981, we, the Catholics of Lithuania, listened to the proceedings of the funeral of the Primate of Poland, Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski, via Warsaw Radio with prayers on our lips. We could not attend personally but were with you in our hearts.

"For several decades we have observed the heroic struggle of the Polish episcopate under the leadership of Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski in defense of the rights of the Church and human rights in Poland, and we drew inspiration from this struggle more than once. The death of Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski is a painful loss not only for you, but for all who struggle for the kingdom of Christ and for a more humane world.

"Your Eminence, please accept our expression of condolence, respect, and love.

The Catholics of Lithuania"