A gathering of pagans has called for pagan unity around the world and appealed for greater tolerance of their beliefs.

The resolution was adopted during the five-day World Pagan Congress in Vilnius."We encourage pagans of the world to strengthen their solidarity and seek membership in international institutions, and we urge societies to be tolerant of our beliefs," the statement said.

Lithuania was the last nation in Europe to be converted to Christianity. Before the conversion around 1400, Lithuanians worshipped many deities, including Perkunas, the god of thunder.

Since independence in 1991, the predominantly Roman Catholic country has seen a rise in groups advocating pre-Christian beliefs. Romuva, one of the nation's largest and most outspoken pagan groups, says it is dedicated to founding a pagan university in Vilnius.