Tens of thousands of people will visit Kaunas on September 22-23, 2018, to meet the Holy Father during his Papal visit to Lithuania. Pope Francis will hold Holy Mass on Sunday morning at 10 am at the Santaka (Confluence) park, and if you’re planning to join it, you’re probably already aware of all the necessary things regarding your trip. Here are a few general tips announced by the Kaunas City Municipality, also handy for those who are spending the weekend in Kaunas and have no plans to meet the Pope.
The Church of St. Francis Xavier located on the Town Hall Square will remain open from 8 pm on Friday, September 21, to 5 am on Sunday, September 23. You can come here to warm yourself up and join the like-minded pilgrims. After 5 am, you’ll be welcome to proceed to Santaka park where the mass will be held. Many of the cafes located in the Old Town have also announced they’ll be open during the night from Saturday to Sunday and will be ready to cater those waiting for the Holy Mass. IKI supermarket on Jonavos st. 3 will also work around the clock that night.
Public transport in Kaunas will be free on Sunday, September 23rd. Buses and trolleybuses will operate non-stop during the night before the Holy Mass. Automobiles, including taxis, will not be able to enter the Old Town of Kaunas from 8 am on Saturday, September 22nd, to 5 pm on Sunday, September 23rd. Of course, cars that had entered before will be able to leave the area during that period. People arriving at Kaunas by vehicles are advised to park them at the S. Darius and S. Girėnas aerodrome (15-25 minute walk to the Santaka park), Mega mall or Aleksandras Stulginskis university. Special shuttle buses will be leaving the two locations every 5 to 10 minutes.
The Kaunas Castle will not be open on both Saturday and Sunday. The Kaunas Town Hall will be closed to visitors on Sunday as this is where the first aid will be located. St. Michael the Archangel Church also known as Soboras will also be closed on Sunday, as well as the Kaunas gallery which is right in front of the Kaunas Cathedral Basilica.
More about the Papal visit to Lithuania: popieziausvizitas.lt/en. We wish you a peaceful and inspiring time in Kaunas!