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Zemaiciu prietelius
(Žemaičių prietelius)


ŽEMAIČIŲ PRIETELIUS (The Samogitian Friend), Roman Catholic weekly published in 1925-1940. Started by the Christian Democrats in Kaunas in 1925, the following year it was taken over by the newly established diocese of Telsiai, becoming its organ. During 1926-1927 it was printed in Šiauliai and from 1928, by the diocesan press in Telsiai. Circulation reached 5,000. Its editors were both priests and laymen. The paper primarily published news of the diocese and of Catholic organizations, but it was not exclusively religious; it covered political, economic, and civic affairs, and provided space for the literary efforts of local writers. The paper was closed and its press confiscated by the Soviet occupying authorities in 1940.

Text from the ENCYCLOPEDIA LITUANICA I-VI.  Boston, 1970-1978