“Renew our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary”

The Holy Father’s words after Marian prayer

Vatican Media

On the feast of the Assumption this Saturday, the Pope asks us to renew our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the certainty that only the conversion of hearts can open the way to peace.

And let us not forget to pray for the martyred Ukrainian people, who continue to suffer from the crimes of war, the Pope said at the end of the Angelus, this Sunday, 26 March 2023.

These were the words of Pope Francis after the Marian prayer, as reported by the Holy See Press Office.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters!

Yesterday, Solemnity of the Annunciation, we renewed the consecration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the certainty that only the conversion of hearts can open the way that leads to peace. Let us continue to pray for the tormented Ukrainian people.

And let us stay close also to the earthquake victims of Turkey and Syria. The proceeds of special collection taking place today in all parishes throughout Italy are destined for them. Let us also pray for the population of the state of Mississippi, struck by a devastating tornado.

I greet you all, Romans and pilgrims from many countries, in particular those from Madrid and Pamplona, and the Mexicans; as well as the Peruvians, renewing the prayer for reconciliation and peace in Peru. We must pray for Peru, which is suffering a great deal.

I greet the faithful of Zollino, Rieti, Azzano Mella and Capriano del Colle, Bellizzi, Crotone and Castelnovo Monti with Unitalsi; and I greet the Confirmation candidates from Pavia, Melendugno, Cavaion and Sega, Settignano and Prato; the young eople of Ganzanigo, Acilia and Longi; and the Association Amici del Crocifisso of the Marches.

I address a special greeting to the delegation of the Italian Air Force, which is celebrating the centenary of its founding. I wish you well on this anniversary, and I encourage you always to work to build justice and peace.

I pray for you all; and do this for me. And I wish you all a good Sunday. Enjoy your meal, and arrivederci.