Earlier today, Vatican journalist Diane Montagna posted screenshots of two important documents related to the upcoming papal consecration of Russia and Ukraine: (1) a letter from Pope Francis addressed to each Catholic bishop throughout the world and (2) the full text of the “Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” prepared for the March 25, 2022 ceremony (available as a PDF here):
Prior to Montagna’s tweet, I happened to see Fr. John Stone’s posting of what appeared to screenshots of a PDF document containing the official text. Shortly thereafter, someone on Twitter alerted me that The Catholic Spirit, official publication of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, had posted the text on their website yesterday (March 21) and that the wording matched Fr. Stone’s screenshots (the Archdiocese’s Office of Worship also made this PDF available).
The critical sentence of the “Act of Consecration” (found in the second-to-last paragraph of the lengthy text) reads:
“Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.”
In response to today’s big news, Catholic attorney and author Christopher Ferrara — a longtime CFN contributor who collaborated closely with the late Fr. Nicholas Gruner (1942-2015) and has written two books on Fatima (The Secret Still Hidden and False Friends of Fatima) — told LifeSiteNews:
“Barring any further meddling by Modernist papal advisors, the published text, which is being communicated to the worldwide episcopate with an invitation to invoke it at the appointed time, will finally link the words ‘consecrate’ and ‘Russia’ in a public declaration by the Pope, who will recite the operative words in union with as many of the world’s bishops who join him on Friday.”
Ferrara also stated:
“It seems to me that we can hope for the best, given that for the first time since Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucy at Tuy, Spain in 1929 to request the Consecration of Russia by the Pope and the world’s bishops precisely that is about to happen, albeit amidst a verbal jumble of other objects of the ceremony. We can only wait and see.”
For further commentary and analysis, please watch the show that Dr. Taylor Marshall and I live-streamed earlier today:
Stay tuned for further coverage. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
UPDATE (3/23/2022): Following yesterday’s revelation of the official text via social media, the Holy See Press Office has formally released today both the “Letter of Pope Francis to the Bishops” concerning the consecration of Russia and Ukraine as well as the “Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” itself. Both texts are now available on the Vatican website among the documents and speeches of Pope Francis (see here and here).