Rome Newsroom, Mar 16, 2022 / 03:50 am
Ukrainians are grateful that Pope Francis will consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said on Wednesday.
“This is a spiritual act long awaited by the Ukrainian people. Ukrainian Catholics since the beginning of Russian aggression in 2014 have been asking for this act as an urgent need to prevent the worsening of the war and the dangers coming from Russia,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said on March 16.
On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will consecrate the two countries to the Blessed Virgin Mary during a penance service on March 25 in St. Peter’s Basilica.
At the same time, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the pope’s almoner, will be in Fatima, Portugal, to carry out the same act, it said.