Denver Newsroom, March 17, 2022 / 9:08 p.m. (CNA).
In a letter Urgently sent March 17 to all U.S. bishops, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, revealed that Pope Francis intends to invite all Catholic bishops and priests around the world to join the Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The letter, sent by the Reverend Michael JK Fuller, general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and signed by Bishop Pierre, reveals that “(l) the Holy Father intends to invite every bishop, or equivalent in law, together with his priests, to join in this act of consecration, if possible, at a time corresponding to 5 p.m., Rome time.
“In the coming days,” the letter adds, “the Holy Father will send a letter of invitation to the bishops, attaching to it the text of the prayer of consecration in the different languages.”
Pope Francis will lead a act of consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The papal chaplain, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, will preside over the act of consecration at the same time in Fatima, Portugal.
The Apostolic Nuncio’s letter also revealed that a letter of invitation was being sent to members of the diplomatic corps in Washington, D.C., to attend a Mass offered by Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. at noon on Friday, March 25.
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