Diocese unites with Pope to Consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of MaryTuesday 22nd March 2022
This Friday, our diocese will be uniting with dioceses across the world and the Holy Father in Rome in an Act of Consecration.
Pope Francis has announced he will be consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Friday (25 March) at St Peter’s Basilica, during the the Celebration of Penance.
This same act will be carried out by all the bishops around the world in union.
Our diocesan consecration will take place in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist in union with the consecration in Rome at 5pm on Friday.
All are welcome to attend.
Consecrations of Russia to Mary
Catholic tradition honours the story of the apparition of Our Lady to three young shepherd children in the Portuguese town of Fatima.
In the apparition on 13 July 1917, Our Lady asked for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, stating that if her request wasn’t granted, Russia would spread “its errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecution of the Church.”
She continued: “The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be destroyed.”
After the Fatima apparitions, there were various acts of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with Pope Francis once again consecrating Russia together with Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in communion with bishops from all over the world.