Pope Francis is inviting world’s bishops to join in consecrating Ukraine-Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The CNA posts about Pope Francis' invitation to the Bishops of the World

Pope Francis's message to the world is explained by the CNA here:

"The Vatican confirmed on Friday that Pope Francis is inviting the world’s bishops to join him in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See press office, issued the confirmation on March 18.

“I confirm that Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the whole world and their priests to join him in praying for peace and in consecrating and entrusting Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” he said.

“The occasion, as indicated in recent days, will be the Celebration of Penance, scheduled at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, in St. Peter’s Basilica.”

Some explanations on what this means can be found on the CNA here:

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

What does that mean exactly, and why is this significant? Here’s what you need to know:

“Consecration” means being set aside for a holy purpose. "

 

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