“Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the whole world, along with their priests, to join him in the prayer for peace and in the consecration and entrustment of Russia and of Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” the Holy See confirmed.
This was stated by Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office, in reference to the upcoming consecration of Russia and Ukraine to Our Lady. It will take place on March 25 both in Rome, and in Fatima.
The Pope will make the prayer in the afternoon of Friday, 25 March – the Solemnity of the Annunciation – in St Peter’s Basilica, on the occasion of the Celebration of Penance, scheduled to begin at 5 pm. The same act, on the same day, will be undertaken by all the bishops of the world.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, will perform the act of consecration at Fatima as the envoy of the Pope.
A letter sent March 17 to all U.S. bishops from the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, says that a text for the Act of Consecration will be sent.
The Holy Father intends to invite each Bishop, or equivalent in law, together with his priests, to join in this act of consecration, if possible, at an hour corresponding to 5:00 pm Rome time.
Bishops are already beginning to invite their faithful to join with them.