"The shots fired at Your Holiness on May 13 painfully touched the hearts of Lithuania's Catholics also.

"Having learned by radio of this terrible attempt on your life, all believing Lithuania prays to the Almighty, asking for your speedy recovery, Holy Father, so that you may return to the helm of the Church as soon as possible. We understand perfectly what it would mean to the Catholic Church, the world, and us, the Catholics of Communist countries, to lose you now, you who know how to speak so courageously and accurately for the 'Church of Silence.'

"We thank you again for your love for us, the Catholics of Lithuania, for the warm Lithuanian words you have spoken on various occasions, and for the prayers with which you accompany us on our Way of the Cross.

The Catholics of Lithuania"