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A painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Pompeo Batoni in the Chiesa del Gesù in Rome (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis announced that he is preparing a document on the Sacred Heart of Jesus to “illuminate the path of ecclesial renewal, but also to say something significant to a world that seems to have lost its heart”. Source: OSV News.

The document is expected to be released in September, he said, and will be part of ongoing celebrations marking the 350th anniversary of the first apparition of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St Margaret Mary Alacoque.

The celebrations began on December 27 and are scheduled to end on June 27, 2025.

The Pope made the announcement during his general audience in St Peter’s Square yesterday.

The Church traditionally dedicates the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the solemnity of the Sacred Heart will be celebrated on June 7 this year.

The document will include reflections from “previous magisterial texts” and it will aim to “re-propose to the whole Church this devotion laden with spiritual beauty. I believe it will do us much good to meditate on various aspects of the Lord’s love,” the Pope said.


Pope preparing document on Sacred Heart of Jesus to renew church, world (By Carol Glatz, CNS via OSV News)


Pope to write document on Sacred Heart for a world that ‘has lost its heart’ (Vatican News)