Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine. What’s that mean?

A Pillar explainer.

The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary March 25, and that a papal envoy will conduct the same consecration in Fatima.

The consecrations – performed by Pope Francis and papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski – come after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and are connected to the 1917 apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima urging that Russia be consecrated to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

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Read the Pillar’s full Q & A Explainer on what a consecration is, where it comes from and why Pope Francis is consecrating Russia and Ukraine now: https://www.pillarcatholic.com/p/pope-francis-will-consecrate-russia?s=w