At the end of the Angelus, Francis recalled the act of consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and called for solidarity with those suffering from the war, without forgetting martyred Ukraine.
After the Angelus
Dear brothers and sisters,
I greet all of you, members of the faithful from Rome and pilgrims from many countries, especially those who have come from Madrid and Spalato.
I greet the parish groups from Padua, Caerano San Marco, Bagolino, Formia and Sant’Ireneo in Rome.
This Friday, 17 March, and Saturday, the 18th, the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative will be repeated throughout the entire Church. This is a time dedicated to prayer, to adoration, and to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On Friday afternoon, I will go to a parish in Rome for the Penance Celebration. A year ago, in this context, we accomplished the solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, invoking the gift of peace. Our act of entrusting does not falter, our hope does waver! The Lord always listens to the prayers that his people address to him through the intercession of the Virgin Mother. Let us remain united in faith and solidarity with our brothers and sisters who suffer because of the war. Let us especially not forget the battered people of Ukraine!
I wish everyone a good Sunday. Please, do not forget to pray for me. Enjoy your lunch and arrivederci!