Today, March 25, 2022, Pope Francis said:

“Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.” 

Pope Francis performed the Fatima-ic consecration at the end of the Vatican’s annual Lenten penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica, this year on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

“The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice, and poverty. Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days. Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world.”

In his homily, Pope Francis said consecration is not a “magic formula” but instead a “spiritual act.”

“It is an act of complete trust on the part of children who, amid the tribulation of this cruel and senseless war that threatens our world, turn to their Mother, reposing all their fears and pain in her heart and abandoning themselves to her. It means placing in that pure and undefiled heart, where God is mirrored, the inestimable goods of fraternity and peace, all that we have and are, so that she, the Mother whom the Lord has given us, may protect us and watch over us.”

Read the prayer Pope Francis read for the consecration here.

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