Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 14, 2020 / 17:51 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, consecrated Brazil to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
“Mary wants to be a presence of trust and hope” amid the present pandemic, the cardinal said at the consecration Wednesday, adding that “wherever she goes, she brings her son.”
The consecration took place in the Chapel of the Apparitions of Brazil, the only Fatima replica in the world authorized by the original Fatima Shrine in Portugal.
The consecration and accompanying Mass were followed online by thousands.
“Today is a very special day for our people. May the devotees of Our Lady of Fatima experience the comfort of the presence of the Mother of Jesus in their lives,” Tempesta said.