Pope entrusts world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Pope Francis on Sunday entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to her maternal care before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, asking Mary’s help to 'revive and grow faith,' reports the Catholic News Agency.

'Our Lady of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence, we join our voice to that of all the generations that have called you blessed,' Pope Francis said at the close of Mass in St Peter’s Square. 'We celebrate in you the great work of God, who never tires of bending down with mercy to mankind, afflicted by evil and wounded by sin, to heal and to save it.'

The original statue of Our Lady of Fatima was moved from its home shrine in Portugal to St. Peter’s Square especially for the entrustment. The act marked the culmination of a weekend of Marian prayer and devotion. About 150,000 people attended the Sunday Mass.

The Pope asked the Virgin Mary to welcome the entrustment 'with the benevolence of a mother.'

'We are certain that each of us is valuable in your eyes,' he said. 'Guard our lives in your arms: bless and strengthen every desire for goodness, revive and grow faith, sustain and illuminate hope, arouse and enliven charity, guide all of us on the path of holiness,' Pope Francis asked Mary.

He asked the Virgin Mary to teach mankind her 'special love' for children and the poor, for the excluded and suffering, and for sinners. 'Gather everyone under your protection and deliver everyone to your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus,' the Pope said.

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Pope entrusts world to immaculate heart of Mary (CNA)

Pope says Mary 'helps us undo painful knots in our hearts' (Vatican Insider)

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