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Pope Francis makes the sign of the cross in front of a Marian statue after the act of consecration at St Peter’s Basilica in March 2022 (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has urged believers to renew the consecration of humanity – especially Russia and Ukraine – to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Source: Vatican News.

The Holy Father’s appeal came almost a year after he first prayed the Act of Consecration, at the annual “24 Hours for the Lord” Lenten penitential service in the Vatican on March 25, 2022.

Pope Francis’ initial consecration of Russia and Ukraine to Mary’s Immaculate Heart was a response, he said, to the war between the two countries.

“This is no magic formula,” he explained at the time, “but a spiritual act. It is an act of complete trust on the part of children who, amid the tribulation of this cruel and senseless war that threatens our world, turn to their Mother, reposing all their fears and pain in her heart and abandoning themselves to her.”

At his general audience yesterday, the Pope said, “My thoughts go to the 25th of March of last year, when, in union with all the bishops of the world, I consecrated the Church and humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

“Let us not tire of consecrating the cause of peace to the Queen of Peace,” he continued. “I would like to invite every believer and community, especially prayer groups, to renew the Act of Consecration to Our Lady every 25th March, so that she, who is Mother, might preserve us all in unity and peace.”

The Pope ended his appeal by remembering “tormented Ukraine”, as he has at almost every General Audience since the outbreak of war, and urged his listeners never to forget the country, which, he said, “is suffering very greatly”.


Pope urges renewed consecration of Ukraine and Russia to Mary (By Joseph Tullock, Vatican News)