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ROME (LifeSiteNews) – An Old-World princess has hailed Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine and the authentic life of Christian faith as signs of hope for mankind. 

In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews’ Jim Hale at her Roman palace, Catholic philanthropist and German Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis described her impressions of the papal consecration after attending it in St. Peter’s Basilica. 

“I was very happy to be there, and I thought it was a very solemn celebration,” stated Gloria, noting as well her good fortune in being able to go to confession at the Vatican’s penitential service immediately beforehand. 

The princess stated that the consecration is of “very, very big significance,” recalling that one of Our Lady of Fatima’s demands upon the Church was for Russia to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. “It has happened several times, but it has never happened in such a solemn international way, where all the televisions, and all the communication media so on and so forth were there to witness [it].” 

Princess Gloria said that even though many people had concerns about Pope Francis saying “the right things,” the pontiff did not deviate from the planned text.  

“He said everything right and correct, and of course, we can be sure that Our Lady will help, and we will see graces,” she elaborated. 

“I think to bring in and consecrate those countries to Our Lady was a very necessary step, especially at this point, where these two countries are quarreling.” 

Regarding the ongoing geo-political turmoil in western Europe, Gloria stated that she favors the reduction of national armaments, which she views as an appropriate step for peace in the world. She believes the recent build-up of munitions in Germany and the weapons-peddling of the military-industrial complex across the world are serious causes for concern. “If it is bought, it is to be used,” she asserted.  

The princess also added that a globalist depopulation agenda is at work to promote conflicts worldwide. “Abortion, euthanasia, wars, [are] fueled by this ideology that is very strong,” she said. “They believe that we are too many people.” 

Despite the gloomy direction of current events, the princess stated that a life centered on receiving the sacraments and prayer is the primary way in which Christians can remain joyful and without fear while reconciling the world to Christ. 

“I think everybody has to start from inside their house. It’s always easy to point the finger somewhere else,” she said. “Our duty is to live a Christian life and to also promote actively a Christian life, that would be already very helpful, because what we have seen in the past is that Christians became too shy, too ‘closed shop’ maybe, to advocate for their needs.”

She continued: “For us Christians, of course, ‘Have no fear,’ the Lord says. And we should not have fear because anyway we are only a little ant in the whole world, so what we know is that God looks after us and with our prayer we can influence the course of life.” 

“Faith and prayer [are] the best armament against the fear-mongering that wants to destroy us,” she concluded. 

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