Latin American bishops to join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

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A statue depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the parish church of St. Nicholas in Krapina, Croatia. / Zvonimir Atletic/Shutterstock. Vatican Metropolis, Mar 16, 2022 / 05:05 am (CNA). Catholic bishops in Latin America and the Caribbean will be a part of Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25.The Episcopal Convention of Latin America (CELAM) stated on March 15 that it had invited Catholics, church organizations, and 22 bishops’ conferences to “be a part of the intentions of the Holy Father.”The conference stated it had acquired the information of the Marian consecration “with great joy and hope,” particularly as there is a need “to redouble our prayer for peace and universal brotherhood.” “We reiterate our affection and filial communion with the Bishop of Rome, elevating our pleas to God our Father in order that via the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, he will grant us the present of peace,” CELAM stated. “With our prayer and solidarity, we embrace our most weak brothers and sisters and victims of violent and fratricidal actions, with the knowledge that ‘God is love, and he who stays in love stays in God (1 John 4:6),” the bishops added. The Vatican announced on March 15 that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The consecration will happen during a penance service in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5 p.m. native time. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, will carry out the identical act on the identical day on the Sanctuary of Our Woman of Fatima in Portugal. The Latin American bishops stated that they might participate within the consecration “in accordance with the time zones of our nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

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