Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Mar 20, 2022 / 10:30 am
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will join with Pope Francis and the bishops of the world in praying for the consecration of Russia and Ukraine on March 25.
He will do so privately, however, and will not be present at the consecration ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica.
CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language sister news agency, confirmed those details Sunday with the retired pope’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein.
"Of course, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will join Pope Francis' call in prayer with regard to the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” Gänswein wrote in an email to the news agency.