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Pope Francis consecrates world to Immaculate Heart of Mary



Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at a 13 October Mass in St Peter’s Square, in the climactic ceremony of a Marian Day celebration.

Repeating an act of consecration that had been made by both Pope Pius XII and Pope John Paul II (each on two occasions), the Holy Father prayed: “Protect our lives in your arms; bless and strengthen every desire for goodness; revive and nurture faith; sustain and illuminate hope; rouse and invigorate charity; guide us all on the path to holiness.”

The Marian Day had begun on Saturday afternoon, when more than 100,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for a procession venerating the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which had been brought to Rome from the shrine in Portugal for the occasion.

On Sunday, St Peter’s Square was again filled with more than 100,000 people as the Pope celebrated Mass and performed the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In his homily the Pontiff asked the congregation to consider three points: “God surprises us, He asks our fidelity, and He is our strength.” He used the life of the Virgin to illustrate each point.

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Following on the Pope’s action, the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, said the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta would be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday 20 October.

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