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Pope Francis to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Pope Francis in Fatima, 2017. / Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Vatican City, Mar 15, 2022 / 10:40 am (CNA).

Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Vatican announced on Tuesday.

The Holy See press office said on March 15: “On Friday, March 25, during the Celebration of Penance at which he will preside at 5 p.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

“The same act, on the same day, will be carried out in Fatima by His Eminence Cardinal Krajewski, Apostolic Almoner, as envoy of the Holy Father.”

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski was one of two papal envoys sent to Ukraine last week in an expression of the pope’s concern for the war-torn country’s population.

Ukraine’s Latin Rite Catholic bishops asked Pope Francis earlier this month to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In a letter to the pope, the Ukrainian bishops said that they were writing “in these hours of immeasurable pain and terrible ordeal for our people” in response to many requests for the consecration.

“Responding to this prayer, we humbly ask Your Holiness to publicly perform the act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Ukraine and Russia, as requested by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima,” said the letter, published on the bishops’ website on Ash Wednesday, March 2.

Following the bishops’ call, Our Lady of Fatima shrines worldwide were invited to unite in prayer for the conversion of Russia.

The appeal was made by Father Andrzej Draws, rector of the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima in Krisovychi, western Ukraine.

He encouraged all shrines in honor of Our Lady of Fatima to unite in prayer for the conversion of Russia on March 13.

During the Fatima apparitions in 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary revealed three secrets.

The second secret was a statement that World War I would end, and a prediction of another war that would start during the reign of Pius XI if people continued to offend God and Russia was not consecrated to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

Sister Lucia, one of the three Fatima visionaries, recalled in her memoirs that Our Lady asked for “the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays” to prevent a second world war.

She said that Mary told her: “If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.”

“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

In a letter written in 1989, Sister Lucia confirmed that Pope John Paul II satisfied Our Lady’s request for Russia’s consecration in 1984. Other authorities, including the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, also have affirmed the consecration was completed to Sister Lucia’s satisfaction.

Ukraine and Russia are both predominantly Eastern Orthodox countries with deep traditions of Marian devotion.

Before the revolutions of 1917 that overthrew the Russian Empire and led to the creation of the Soviet Union, Russia was colloquially known as the “house of Mary” because there were more shrines and churches dedicated to Our Lady than in any other country at the time.

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  1. I believe what is happening here reflects a complete misunderstanding of consecration; and mislaying. That is in addition to the fact that JPII already consecrated Russia.

    I am very sorry to have had to to say it; and sorry that this is where we have reached.

    • The researcher, Robert Sungenis, found that Pope Pius XII had done the consecration. How many more consecrations do we need?
      Is not repentance on our part also in that message?
      After the Pius XII consecration, the Soviet Union’s expansion gradually halted, and eventually it disintegrated. Russia again allowed Christians to worship. However, it was different in the West. God was increasingly being rejected, love was being expressed merely in sexual terms, scientism began to replace biblical truths, and many turned their backs on Vatican 2. Recall Exodus. The Israelites took a longer time to find their home because of a disobedient act.

  2. So, the Ukrainian bishops asked for this, and Pope Francis agreed to the request. For people outside Ukraine and Russia, the task is to continue praying and cease sniping. There is far too much gnosticism connected with Fatima. Secrets and such are antithetical to the Gospel.

    Praying for conversion is one thing: we all need it, continually. Even the baptized. Even those who consider themselves holier than the pope.

    What does it mean to consecrate a nation once? Does that quality get an automatic imparting to generations yet to come? A whole generation has been born since JP2. Twenty-plus years of Ukrainian freedom and Russian fake news. Maybe the current generation, mostly those poor fighters Russia sends, need prayer. And certainly the defenders of Ukrainian freedom.

    This is a good example of the sifting of the modern Church. Catholics can say, “Good job, Holy Father,” and continue with their prayers. Others will fuss about “obedience” to the visionaries and the Blessed Virgin. Sometimes I think the latter needs to deliver a spiritual (and a religious) headslap to some people.

  3. THe Pope should be doing this however, WHY are not ALL the Cardinals and Bishops of the World joining him in this Consecration? That is actually what Our Lady of Fatima called for, every Bishop/Cardinal and even priests and we laity should be a part of this Consecration with a Rosary to preface and after.

  4. There is a lot of trouble in the world. It is about time we Catholics turn faithfully and trustingly to our Creator. Let us prayerfully acknowledge Him, his infinite love for us, and dedicate our lives to serving Him.
    Whenever Abraham’s descendants lived righteously, life was great for them, but when they did not, they suffered terribly.

  5. Bl.Mother’s request , for the Consecration to be with – ‘all the Bishops of the world ‘ – Bishops from Russia and other separated Churches joining in same still a dream .. yet , the good will of the Popes over the years in efforts to meet the request in the best possible manner , to bring forth blessings , possibly avoiding much evil , in our times that call forth same at flood water levels .

    Daily morning offering / consecration as a prayer habit that we all are asked to do ..every such intent from the children to bring forth its blessings through
    The Mother .

    Good meditation , for day 19 , the Feast of Annunciation …

    The Church in grieving about the vast effects of the rebellion of our self will as sins against life , its despair , addictions , suicides , violence , impurities – the call of the Holy Spirit again , heeded by the attentive heart of the Holy Father for us to say to call in unison – ‘come Holy Spirit .. come through the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary , Your well beloved Spouse ‘ ..
    to help transform the wounds and tears ..

    Our Holy Father , in the role of Servant of the Servants of God , in helping to bring forth the reign of the Divine Will – let us hope that there would only be gratitude for same from all , that there would be future such events with ever wider participations , celebrating the brotherhood of all , in The Mother .

    FIAT !

  6. Good grief! Still putting your faith in a sinful human being and not the sinless Savior. No wonder the Catholics are so messed up……Biden and Pelosi are good examples.

    • God trusted this “sinful human being” so much that he chose her to bear and to rear His Son. Our redemption relied in that trust. Shame on you for trying to belittle God’s chosen human being.

      • Shame on you for trusting in a finite created being instead of a holy eternal God. It was God’s plan in decreeing Mary to birth my Savior and her other children God had blessed her and Joseph with. Trust in Scripture and not man’s traditions.
        For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
        1 Timothy 2:5 (Notice that Mary’s name is NOT included).

        “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols”. Isaiah 42:8

        • Where in my post did I say that we trust Mary more than her Creator? You make false statements and then attack them. That is the usual Protestant way.

  7. I agree. It’s clearly stated in this article that the visionary herself Sr Lucia said it’s been satisfied. The errors of Russia happened in WWII. Things may be not as they are stated by the mainstream media’s coverage of this ugly terrible war. The civilians are the innocent victims but who is the real enemy behind this? Having said that, another consecration to our Lady will bring much good.

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