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Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania


Article 14. Lithuanian shall be the State language. Article 37. Citizens belonging to ethnic communities shall have the right to foster their language, culture, and customs. Article 43. The State shall recognise the churches and religious organisations that are traditional in Lithuania, whereas other churches and religious organisations shall be recognised provided that they have support in society and their teaching and practices are not in conflict with the law and public morals. The churches and religious organisations recognised by the State shall have the rights of a legal person. Churches and religious organisations shall be free to proclaim their teaching, perform their practices, and have houses of prayer, charity establishments, and schools for the training of the clergy. Churches and religious organisations shall conduct their affairs freely according to their canons and statutes. The status of churches and other religious organisations in the State shall be established by agreement or by law. The teaching proclaimed by churches and religious organisations, other religious activities and houses of prayer may not be used for purposes which are in conflict with the Constitution and laws. There shall not be a State religion in Lithuania. Article 45Ethnic communities of citizens shall independently manage the affairs of their ethnic culture, education, charity, and mutual assistance. Ethnic communities shall be provided support by the State.