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VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican released the wording of Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. While the prayer avoids mentioning either Our Lady of Fatima or communism, it refers to Russia by name, along with humanity, and has been described as “contain[ing] the necessary elements.”

The text was revealed by Father John Stone and then the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis before being shared by Vatican journalist Diane Montagna. It refers to a consecration and entrustment of “the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.”

The key sentence reads: “Therefore, 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.”


While the Ukrainian bishops had asked the Pope to “perform the act of consecration to the Sacred Immaculate Heart of Mary of Ukraine and Russia, as requested by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima,” the text of the prayer appears to be somewhat more vague than this – not mentioning Fatima or the errors of Russia – although still containing the key components necessary. 

The text mirrors that used by Pope John Paul II in 1984, when he made an “entrustment” of the world to the Immaculate Heart, although he did not name Russia specifically. The Polish Pope’s prayer reads: “a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be thus entrusted and consecrated.” That action was originally deemed by Sr. Lucia to have not fulfilled the conditions set out by Our Lady.

Pope Francis’ consecration text is an improvement on his predecessor’s, and does indeed mention Russia by name, as well as using the term “consecrate.” 

In his accompanying letter, Pope Francis explained how “also accepting numerous requests from the people of God he wishes to entrust in a way special to the Madonna the nations in conflict.”

Pope Francis’ letter to the bishops of the world. Credit: Diane Montagna/Twitter

The consecration is “a gesture of the universal church,” writes the Pontiff, “which in this dramatic moment lifts up to God, through His mother and ours, the cry of pain of those who suffer and implore an end to violence, and to entrust the future to humanity to the Queen of peace.” “Therefore, I invite you to join in this act by summoning religious priests to the people of God.”

Welcomed by Catholics as fulfilling Our Lady’s request

The consecration prayer has been met with praise by Catholics, who have welcomed the specific mention of Russia, in stark contrast to John Paul II’s 1984 prayer.

With the Holy See Press Office having already confirmed that Pope Francis had indeed asked, although not ordered, the bishops of the world to join him in making the consecration, naming Russia in the prayer itself was the aspect of Our Lady’s request that was unknown before today.

Fatima expert, lawyer and author John Salza, who has penned two books on Fatima, told LifeSiteNews that the text of the consecration “does contain the necessary elements.”

Salza noted:

Russia (and Ukraine) are given pre-eminent importance due to the word ‘especially.’ Heaven did not provide the actual consecration formula and did not impose any negative conditions to my knowledge (meaning not to add other objects to the consecration).

We have been conditioned to react negatively to anything Pope Francis does, and understandably so. Perhaps this is God’s way of humbling the Church’s enemies, who are now mocking Francis for this formula.

He added, “This formula is not what I proposed in my own recommendation to Vatican sources, but it does contain the necessary elements (of course, all the bishops must also participate).”

Meanwhile, U.K. author and commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly also welcomed the prayer, calling it a “relief” to see the prayer in its current format.

“After the inexplicable failure of previous popes to meet the simple conditions set out by Our Lady for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, it is a relief to see that Pope Francis’ prayer intends to be an act of solemn consecration and mentions ‘Russia’ twice,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“My only regret is that the prayer of consecration has not been composed with the childlike simplicity that is the hallmark of Fatima and the messages of Our Lady. Why did Pope Francis think it appropriate to force his own personality and political preoccupations onto this long awaited response to God’s request? What is necessary is childlike obedience, not political agendas,” Deacon Donnelly closed.

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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'

PETITION UPDATE (3/23/22):

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.

Amen.

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

 

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PETITION UPDATE (3/2/22) -

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: http://kmc.media/2022/03/02/yepyskopy-ukrayiny-prosyat-papu-prysvyatyty-ukrayinu-ta-rosiyu-sercyu-mariyi.html

Please WATCH the new John-Henry Westen show about this momentous event: https://www.lifesitenews.com/episodes/ukraines-catholic-bishops-ask-pope-francis-to-consecrate-russia-to-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary

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'

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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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Russia’s invasion is an opportunity to recall the message of Our Lady of Fatima' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/russias-invasion-is-an-opportunity-to-recall-the-message-of-our-lady-of-fatima

'Russia attacks Ukraine: explosions in multiple cities as troops move across borders' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/russia-launches-attack-on-ukraine-explosions-in-multiple-cities-as-troops-move-across-the-border/

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‘We can hope for the best’

Christopher Ferrara, lawyer with the Thomas More Society and Fatima author, provided lengthy commentary to LifeSiteNews on the consecration, noting that it does meet the requirements but expressing misgivings about its content nonetheless.

“Predictably enough, the previously announced consecration of ‘Russia and Ukraine’ was watered down to an ‘entrustment’ and consecration of ‘ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.’ Russia is thus not the sole object of the Consecration. Nor, quite shamefully, is there any mention of the Message of Fatima, the very source of the heavenly imperative of the Consecration,” he noted.

To that extent, the now nearly century-long farce continues: Pope after Pope after Pope, in ceremony after ceremony after ceremony, has somehow managed to avoid the simple act of consecrating Russia, by name, to the Immaculate Heart in unison with the world’s bishops, as Our Lady of Fatima requested. John Paul II alone conducted three “entrustment” ceremonies (1982, 1984, 2000) in which any specific mention of Russia was assiduously avoided and there was no organized worldwide episcopal participation. Only Pius XII mentioned “the peoples of Russia,” but then only in a papal bull issued in 1952, not a public ceremony in union with the Catholic episcopate. 

However, Ferrara was hopeful that Pope Francis’ text was sufficient. “Yet with this latest attempt at a consecration of Russia there is reason for optimism,” he said.

“Barring any further meddling by Modernist papal advisors, the published text, which is being communicated to the worldwide episcopate with an invitation to invoke it at the appointed time, will finally link the words ‘consecrate’ and ‘Russia’ in a public declaration by the Pope, who will recite the operative words in union with as many of the world’s bishops who join him on Friday.”

He observed how “the repeated references to Mary as the Mother of God, Her Immaculate Heart, and Her divinely appointed roles as the Mother of all humanity and no less than the Queen of Heaven, are sure to provoke the ire of Protestants and liberal Catholics alike. No less dramatic is the ecumenically intolerable reference to Mary’s intercession as the means by which ‘God’s mercy be poured out on the earth.’”

“When all is said and done” Ferrara continued, “if the ceremony on Friday proceeds as planned, Russia will at least be named as an object, if not the object, of a papal consecration to the Immaculate Heart—a radically un-ecumenical act to be joined, one supposes, by a substantial number of the world’s bishops.”

“It seems to me that we can hope for the best, given that for the first time since Our Lady appeared  to Sister Lucy at Tuy, Spain in 1929 to request the Consecration of Russia by the Pope and the world’s bishops precisely that is about to happen, albeit amidst a verbal jumble of other objects of the ceremony. We can only wait and see.”

‘Time of trial,’ but no mention of errors of Russia or communism

The “consecration” text opens by referring to “this time of trial” and how “we have strayed from that path of peace.”

While mentioning the suppression of “innocent lives,” the stockpiling of weapons and how “we have ravaged the garden of the earth with war,” the text completely avoids mentioning the errors of Russia or those of communism. 

“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,” the prayer reads.

Referring to Mary’s fiat at the Annunciation, the prayer asks that “war may end and peace spread throughout the world.” 

“We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.”

Making a veiled reference to the period of peace promised by Our Lady of Fatima, the text continues: “Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days.”

Bishops around the world are now urged by the Pope to respond to his invitation and to join him in making the consecration of Russia and Ukraine on March 25.

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