Faith for war in Ukraine
A new influx of pilgrims to the Hill of Crosses has brought a cross commemorating the war in Ukraine, signifying that the war has impacted many Lithuanians. The Hill of Crosses, located near Šiauliai, Lithuania, is a site of pilgrimage for many Lithuanians. For some, the journey is a political statement.
In Soviet times, the Lithuanian government tried to destroy the Hill of Crosses multiple times, but each time, the people rebuilt it. Although it is a Catholic pilgrimage site, people of all religions visit the Hill to see the hundreds of thousands of crosses that have been placed there over the years. The Hill has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries, but the most recent addition to the Hill is a cross commemorating the war in Ukraine. This cross is a reminder of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the need for peace in the region.