Vatican City, Mar 25, 2022 / 08:00 am
Pope Francis has asked Catholics around the world to join him on Friday in consecrating all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To enable Catholic parishes around the world to participate, the Vatican released in advance the text of the act of consecration that Pope Francis will pray in St. Peter’s Basilica at around 6:30 p.m. local time on March 25. Here are some unique details in the consecration prayer:
1. Pope Francis mentions Russia by name
In the text of the consecration prayer provided by the Vatican to all the Catholic bishops of the world, Russia is specifically mentioned by name. This contrasts with John Paul II’s consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary — also on March 25, but in 1984 — in which John Paul II ultimately decided not to make a literal reference to the country for diplomatic reasons.