After celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, asking Our Lady:
“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 consecration took place in St. Peter’s Square before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and a crowd of more than 100,000. The entrustment was the culmination of the Marian Day celebrations, a part of the Year of Faith.
The original statue of Our Lady of Fatima was brought to St. Peter’s Square from its chapel in Portugal. The statue was of special significance, as Sunday was the anniversary of the final apparition of Mary to the children at Fatima.
During his homily, Pope Francis focused on Mary’s faithfulness, saying:
“Mary said her ‘yes’ to God: a ‘yes’ which threw her simple life in Nazareth into turmoil, and not only once. … Think of the full extent of Mary’s faithfulness to God: seeing her only Son hanging on the Cross. The faithful woman, still standing, utterly heartbroken, yet faithful and strong.”