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PARIS (LifeSiteNews) — Following the lead of several neighboring countries in Europe, the French prime minister, Jean Castex, announced this Wednesday that the COVID “vaccine” pass required since mid-January for many ordinary activities will no longer be necessary on March 15 in many places currently out-of-bounds for the unvaccinated. Compulsory mask-wearing indoors will also be scrapped in most public places. The announcement comes less than a month before France’s presidential election; its first round will take place on April 10th. 

This sounds like excellent news, and it will be a liberation not only for the four or five million people who flatly refuse to take the experimental genomic injection, but for as many citizens who balked at taking the third or “booster” shot which became mandatory in order to continue to benefit from their pass since February 23rd. 

Currently, people who have recovered from COVID more than four months ago are required to get two jabs, and those who were infected twice or more are “allowed” to have just one COVID  shot. This applies to all those aged 17 and up; children from 5 to 16 do not need vaccine passes but are eligible for the shot and receive it even if only one of their parents agrees. The lifting of the vaccine pass will hopefully dissuade many from being injected or inflicting the jab on children, but how long will this respite last? 

The operative word in Jean Castex’s announcement, made on one of France’s major television stations, TF1, was “suspension.” The expected relaxing of COVID restrictions does not mean that the law allowing for the state to impose freedom-killing, discriminatory, and useless measures on the population that it has divided into first and second-class citizens will be repealed. On the contrary, the government could reactivate the COVID pass at any time until July 31, and the authorities have made clear that they will do anything it takes to “protect” the population with further restrictions if deemed necessary. 

Far from officially recognizing the end of the “pandemic,” now that the benign omicron variant accounts for the overwhelming majority COVID “cases” in a rapidly declining wave of infections, a number of obligations will remain in place, such as mandatory “vaccination” for health workers. Medical professionals are compelled to get the jab or be suspended from their jobs without unemployment benefits and, in many places, without even minimum subsidies for those who have no income at all. 

This is despite the fact that the COVID “vaccine” is demonstrably unable to prevent infection, illness, and transmitting the virus to others. I can cite several examples of people who caught COVID in hospital while being treated for another illness. 

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Please read the latest from LifeSiteNews about the text of the Act of Consecration which was just released by the Vatican: 'BREAKING: Text of Pope Francis’ consecration of ‘humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine’ released'


The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on the feast of the Annunciation, March 25.

On March 15, the Holy See Press Office wrote:

On Friday 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance at which he will preside at 17.00 in Saint 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.

This unexpected and monumental announcement comes after the Catholic bishops of Ukraine issued an urgent and heartfelt plea to the Holy Father on Ash Wednesday, asking that he make the consecration as Our Lady of Fatima had requested. The bishops wrote:

Responding to this prayer, we humbly ask Your Holiness to publicly perform the act of consecration to the Sacred Immaculate Heart of Mary of Ukraine and Russia, as requested by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima.

May the Mother of God, Queen of Peace, accept our prayer: Regina pacis, ora pro nobis! In July 1917, Our Lady of Fatima gave the three visionaries this message, asking for the explicit consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart:

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. 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.

Our Lady of Fatima then repeated the request in 1929, when she appeared to Sr. Lucia saying:

"The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, and to order that in union with him and at the same time, all the bishops of the world make the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to convert it because of this day of prayer and worldwide reparation."

While Pope John Paul II made an “entrustment-consecration” of the world, including Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984, he deliberately avoided making the explicit mention of Russia as Our Lady had requested.

Following the announcement that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine, LifeSiteNews is now asking the Pope to ensure that the consecration is performed precisely as Our Lady of Fatima requested. In order to fulfil the request Our Lady made, the Pope must "order" the "bishops of the world" to make the consecration of Russia "in union with him and at the same time."

Along with this, the day of consecration must be a "day of prayer and worldwide reparation."

The importance of the specifications made by Our Lady was noted by Sr. Lucia. Having seen a copy of Pope John Paul II’s consecration text prior to the 1984 “entrustment-consecration,” she said “That consecration cannot have a decisive character.”

Then in 1985, following Pope John Paul II’s "entrustment-consecration," Sr. Lucia observed that:

"There was no participation of all the bishops, and there was no mention of Russia." She was then asked, "So the consecration was not done as requested by Our Lady?" to which she replied: "No. Many bishops attached no importance to this act."

With Pope Francis’ proposed consecration only days away, LifeSiteNews is urging him to fulfil the request of Fatima, to "order" the bishops to join him in making the consecration and to make the day one of “prayer and worldwide reparation.”

Bishop Athanasius Schneider has also composed a prayer to be said for the consecration of Russia, in the manner Our Lady asked for:

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima, you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the whole world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of Christian life. O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our dear Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer.


+Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana





The Ukrainian Catholic bishops have specifically asked Pope Francis to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, according to the request of Our Lady of Fatima.

Here is a link to their Ash Wednesday letter:

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Then, please read LifeSiteNews latest story on this amazing development: 'Ukraine’s Catholic bishops ask Pope Francis to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary'


The great drama now is the Russian invasion of Ukraine. How far will it go, how will the West and especially the U.S. respond, and will China now be tempted to attack Taiwan? These questions are on everyone’s mind, including fear that it might lead to a far greater war.

It is hard to know exactly what to say other than Russia’s invasion must be condemned. And, that the world must now pray for peace.

Keeping those things in mind, LifeSite now proposes to resurrect this petition - now, more urgent than before - asking Pope Francis to reconsecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Please SIGN and SHARE this important petition to Pope Francis, imploring him to reconsecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the same way that Our Lady of Fatima asked in 1917.

We humbly ask Pope Francis to use the following wording:

“In accordance with Our Lady’s request at Fatima, I, Pope Francis, consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with all the bishops of the world.” 

And then:

“I also consecrate Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with all the bishops of the world.”

The bishops’ wording should be:

“In accordance with Our Lady’s request at Fatima, I, _______________, consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at the same time as, and in union with, Pope Francis.”

Speaking in Rome only 5 years ago, Cardinal Raymond Burke called on the Catholic faithful to “work for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” in fidelity to the request by Our Lady of Fatima. 

The Cardinal explained:

"Certainly, Pope Saint John Paul II consecrated the world, including Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984. But, today, once again, we hear the call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, in accord with her explicit instruction."

This call, whether in 1917, or 1984, or in 2017, is EVEN MORE relevant today!

Pope Saint John Paul II himself wanted to name Russia explicitly in his Consecration, but in the end yielded to pressure not to from advisors. Cardinal Josef Cordes, former president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, confirmed this fact on May 13, 2017, based on his own conversation with the sainted pope.

However, after several years of confusion, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published "The Message of Fatima," on June 26, 2000, in which we learn that Sr. Lucia confirmed that the Pope's consecration was, in fact, done according to Our Lady's wishes (emphasis added):

Sister Lucia personally confirmed that this solemn and universal act of consecration corresponded to what Our Lady wished ("Sim, està feita, tal como Nossa Senhora a pediu, desde o dia 25 de Março de 1984": "Yes it has been done just as Our Lady asked, on 25 March 1984": Letter of 8 November 1989). Hence any further discussion or request is without basis.

But, Cardinal Burke explained why a consecration including Russia is so important:  "[It] is at once a recognition of the importance which Russia continues to have in God’s plan for peace and a sign of profound love for our brothers and sisters in Russia."

For those who may object to calling for the reconsecration of Russia, on the basis that it has already been done, Cardinal Burke recalled the words of Pope St. John Paul II who, in 1982, during his consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart noted: “Mary’s appeal is not for just once. Her appeal must be taken up by generation after generation, in accordance with the ever new ‘signs of the times’. It must be unceasingly returned to. It must ever be taken up anew.”

Burke, former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, gave his address in the month of the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima’s first apparition to the three shepherd children.

Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this urgent petition to Pope Francis, urging him to reconsecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and imploring God to quell the hostilities.


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The announced “suspension” of the vaccine passport will – at last, but only as long as it lasts – allow free access to sports, leisure, and cultural activities, including stadiums, public swimming pools, cinemas, theaters, museums, trade fairs, and the like, as well as restaurants, cafés, long-distance train travel, and domestic flights. 

Masks will no longer need to be worn in indoor places open to the public, such as stores and government offices, in the workplace, and at school. They will remain compulsory, under threat of a 135 euro (about $150 US) fine, on public transport. 

Masks will also remain mandatory in hospitals and rest-homes for the elderly. Worse: in these places the “sanitary pass” will also still be required, meaning that costly PCR or antigen tests less than 24-hours-old will be compulsory for the unvaccinated and the recovered to enter these places, in a sanitary situation where it is becoming more and more difficult to catch COVID. This affects visits made to family and friends, even children, in hospital. 

The French government’s decision to “suspend” the vaccine passport just weeks before Emmanuel Macron contends for a second term as president has been widely condemned as a political move. While it is true that some countries, such as Italy, are maintaining heavy restrictions and horrendous pressure to force people to receive the experimental injection, many others have done away with most, if not all, measures since the beginning of the year. Only last week, a French Senate committee asked the government to “lift” the vaccine pass immediately. 

But in politics, timing is everything, and as Macron is doing all he can to benefit from Putin’s war on Ukraine – on Wednesday evening, he promised to “shield” the French from the economic and social fall-out of the conflict – he is also being portrayed as the strong leader who will continue to protect the population in the ongoing “war” he declared on COVID two years ago. 

It is surely no coincidence that Castex should have made the decision to “suspend” the pass this Thursday, the same day that Macron’s office said the president would be officially announcing that his run for a second term tomorrow. This will take the form of a letter published in France’s regional dailies. Tomorrow, Friday, March 4, is the last day on which presidential candidates may be officially registered with France’s Constitutional Court. Macron has again and again postponed his announcement, pleading the “tenseness” of the international situation and his need to be on all fronts, including the COVID sanitary crisis. 

Fabrice Di Vizio, a lawyer who has repeatedly taken the French administration to court in order to fight COVID restrictions, and who, refreshingly, makes no mystery of his Catholic faith (and hope) reacted angrily to today’s announcement. In a short video on Twitter, he stated: 

Let me sum this up. The vaccine pass will be “suspended,” which means that in practice we will continue to live under the tension of possible restrictions to our liberties that will certainly take place, always in a situation of vaccine blackmail. We are living under a State that behaves like a thug, and our president is a thug – if he wants to prosecute me for that, just let him!… We are going to penalize people who are fragile because of their state of health or because of the state of health of their loved ones. They will be penalized if they have not been vaccinated, and this only in the interests of the pharmaceutical companies because it is now notorious that vaccination does not prevent from transmitting the disease and does not protect from transmission. We are in the presence of a “state lie” amid total public indifference: a true sign of the times. It’s a scandal. 

Di Vizio promised to continue with court proceedings over the coming months.  

“This is my responsibility even if they are unsuccessful,” he said.  

“It will be up to everyone to know what he or she must do,” he added, calling on all citizens to demonstrate from now on in front of hospitals all over France, “peacefully and with calm,” to keep putting pressure on the government.  

Di Vizio also wants doctors to be “submerged with legal complaints” if they go on asking patients to show a sanitary pass to be allowed into hospital. He will continue to defend health workers who have been abandoned and forgotten and who are now without any rights at all. 

“I can tell you, this is not over,” he concluded. 

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Jeanne Smits has worked as a journalist in France since 1987 after obtaining a Master of Arts in Law. She formerly directed the French daily Présent and was editor-in-chief of an all-internet French-speaking news site called She writes regularly for a number of Catholic journals (Monde & vie, L’Homme nouveau, Reconquête…) and runs a personal pro-life blog. In addition, she is often invited to radio and TV shows on alternative media. She is vice-president of the Christian and French defense association “AGRIF.” She is the French translator of The Dictator Pope by Henry Sire and Christus Vincit by Bishop Schneider, and recently contributed to the Bref examen critique de la communion dans la main about Communion in the hand. She is married and has three children, and lives near Paris.