Denver Newsroom, Mar 17, 2022 / 16:38 pm
Voicing concern that the far-away conflict in Europe will have consequences in Asia, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, one of the world’s most populous Catholic countries, will join Pope Francis’ consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25.
The Permanent Council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines decided to join the consecration at their March 16 meeting, the Philippines’ bishops’ news site CBCP News reports.
Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said the bishops will pray the same act of consecration as the pope in their dioceses.
Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25 in St. Peter’s Basilica. On the same day, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski will also preside at an act of consecration in Fatima, Portugal. Krajewski, the papal almoner, was one of two papal envoys recently sent to Ukraine.