Audrys Juozas Bačkis

Audrys Juozas cardinal Bačkis (* 1. February 1937 in Kaunas, Lithuania) is archbishop of Vilnius and a litauischer theologian.


Audrys Juozas Bačkis buildup as a diplomat son in France . After the school time it studied catholic theology and philosophy and 1961 for the diocese Kaunas to the priest was geweiht.

further training and career

according to resuming studies he acquired the Lizentiat for catholic theology at the papal University of Gregoriana and attained a doctorate in the specialist area church right to the papal Lateranuniversität in Rome. 1964 it occurred Vatikan the diplomatic services and worked on the Philippines, in Costa Rica, Nigeria and Turkey. From 1979 to 1988 it was Untersekretär of the church advice for public questions. 1988 it received the Bischofsweihe and appointed the Titularerzbischof from Meta. It was subsequently, for three years of Apostoli Nuntius in the Netherlands.


1991 appointed it Pope Johannes Paul II. to the archbishop of Vilnius. Bačkis is belonged to 21 chairmen of the Litaui bishop conference and since that. February 2001 as cardinal priests with the title church Natività di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo A via Gallia the Kardinalskollegium on.

See also: List of important Litauer, list of the archbishops of Vilnius


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