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Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary together with Pope Francis

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2022年3月23日

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Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary together with Pope Francis

Dear Catholics in Japan,

It is a month since Russia’s inva­sion of Ukraine on February 24. Unfortunately, war con­tinues and the news each day shows that peace remains far off.

Pope Francis, con­cerned about this life-destroying crisis, is making var­ious efforts to find peace. Seeking the inter­ces­sion of the Blessed Mother, the pope will con­se­crate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, Friday, March 25, at 17:00 Rome time. (Saturday at 1:00, Japan time.)

March 25 is also the day that Pope John Paul II con­se­crated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984.

Pope Francis invites bishops around the world and through them all believers to pray in union with this con­se­cra­tion, if pos­sible, at the same time.

The prayer pre­pared for the day has not yet arrived from the Holy See, but as soon as it arrives, I hope to be able to provide a trans­la­tion in time and make it avail­able on the CBCJ web­site, etc. Even if the offi­cial prayer does not arrive in time, please join your heart with the pope’s inten­tion and pray the rosary or other prayers for peace. Since the pope’s con­se­cra­tion will take place in the middle of the night in Japan, it is, of course, fine to pray the next morning, fol­lowing any instruc­tions from your diocesan bishop.

Let us unite our hearts with Pope Francis and ask that the peace of God be brought to this earth through the inter­ces­sion of Our Lady, espe­cially in Ukraine, and that the gift of life will be respected and pro­tected.

March 23, 2022
Isao Kikuchi, Archbishop of Tokyo
President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan

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