That wraps up our live coverage of the Vatican event. Thank you for following the act of consecration here. We will be posting further reports on our website.
Flowers are presented to a statue of Mary in St. Peter's Basilica
After reading the consecration, the pope placed flowers before the statue of Mary and censed it. Young children joined the pope as the Immaculata hymn was sung.
Pope Francis consecrates humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart
The pope recites the consecration prayer, beginning, "O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you."
Mass held at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross
At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley is saying a Mass for the consecration, concelebrated by Father Yaroslav Nalysnyk, pastor of Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic parish in Boston. Bishop Robert Reed, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, preached at the Mass.
11:20 a.m. All Catholics invited to take part in the act of consecration
Pope Francis has appealed to all the world’s Catholics to join him in reciting the act of consecration.
In a letter sent to the world’s bishops, he wrote: “I ask you to join in this act by inviting the priests, religious and faithful to assemble in their churches and places of prayer on March 25, so that God’s Holy People may raise a heartfelt and choral plea to Mary our Mother.”
He said: “This act of consecration is meant to be a gesture of the universal Church, which in this dramatic moment lifts up to God, through his Mother and ours, the cry of pain of all those who suffer and implore an end to the violence, and to entrust the future of our human family to the Queen of Peace.”
11:04 a.m. Pope Francis goes to confession, then hears confessions
After Pope Francis preached his homily, there was a moment of total silence in the basilica. Following the recitation of the Confiteor, the prayer beginning “I confess to almighty God…”, the pope walked across the basilica to the area with the confessionals. There, he made his confession while standing. He then walked over to a confessional and began to hear confessions himself.
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The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available in the square outside the basilica.
10:54 a.m. An act followed in Russia and Ukraine
Catholics in the Russian capital Moscow are gathering today to pray and follow the live feed of the act of consecration. They are meeting at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, a building with a turbulent history.
Ukrainian Catholics will also be praying the act of consecration, which has been shared on the website of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, based in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
Andrii Yurash, Ukraine’s ambassador to the Holy See, has tweeted this:
PopeFrancis leading Mass with rank of dedication🇺🇦&🇷🇺 to ImmaculateHeart of VirginMary according to Revelation in Fatima in 1917, when She asked to consecrate🇷🇺 in intention to convert it&prevent from doing bad things. So today’s rank is another attempt🇻🇦defend🇺🇦from devil’s🇷🇺war pic.twitter.com/sO32IhB1k2
Some commentators have raised questions about a phrase found in some non-English versions of the text. The phrase, “Earth of Heaven,” is present in the Spanish text (“tierra del Cielo”) and the Italian translation (“terra del Cielo”).
The Vatican has issued an explanation of the phrase. You can find it here.
10:24 a.m. The statue of Mary inside St. Peter’s Basilica
Pope Francis is expected to stand before this statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary as he reads the act of consecration. The act is available on the Vatican website in an impressive 36 languages, including Ukrainian and Russian. The pope is expected to make the act of consecration in Italian.
10:14 a.m. A guide to the penitential service
Here is the booklet for the penitential service and act of consecration given to members of the congregation inside St. Peter’s Basilica. You can see the contents here.
10:12 a.m. How to watch live
If you’d like to watch the consecration live, we encourage you to tune in via EWTN.
The pope is expected to recite the act of consecration at around 6:30 p.m. local time.
When is 6:30 p.m. Rome time for you? There’s a handy cheat sheet here.
10:08 a.m. Inside the basilica
This was the scene inside the basilica ahead of the penitential service and act of consecration.
Here are the preparations, as seen by our reporters at the basilica:
St. Peter's Basilica is preparing for the penance service and consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate 🤍 of Mary. pic.twitter.com/HPu3roaESi
The crowd in St Peter’s Basilica is waiting in eager anticipation of Pope Francis’ consecration of the world, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Conception of Mary. pic.twitter.com/iqcGzPsFSN
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This Friday, March 25, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, entrusting the nations to Mary’s help and protection. The pope has asked all the bishops — and indeed all the faithful of the entire world — to join him.