Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

In the NC Register:

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart  of Mary Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the  iconic statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

“The Holy Father strongly desires that the Marian Day may have present, as a  special sign, one of the most significant Marian icons for Christians throughout  the world, and, for that reason, we thought of the beloved original statue of  Our Lady of Fatima,” wrote Cardinal Rino Fisichella.

Cardinal Fisichella, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for  the Promotion of the New Evangelization, made his remarks in a letter to Bishop  Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima.

According to the Portuguese shrine’s website,  the statue of Our Lady of Fatima will leave for Rome on the morning of Oct. 12  and return on the afternoon of Oct. 13. The statue normally resides in the  shrine’s Little Chapel of Apparitions.

The cardinal said that “all ecclesial entities of Marian spirituality” are  invited to take part in the celebration. Hundreds of movements and institutions  that emphasize Marian devotion are expected to attend, the Shrine of Our Lady of  Fatima says.

The two-day observance includes an Oct. 12 pilgrimage to the tomb of St.  Peter and moments of prayer and meditation. On Oct. 13, Pope Francis will  celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in the village of  Fatima in Portugal in 1917. She warned of violent trials in the 20th century if  the world did not make reparation for sins. She urged prayer and devotion to the  Immaculate Heart of Mary…

On 25th March 1984, the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope John Paul II performed a ‘whole world consecration’ to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.



20 thoughts on “Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

  1. I quite love Mary as the Theotokos, and the Mother of the Incarnate Christ! But the whole idea of her “Immaculate Heart” is simply not biblical! Note, even Aquinas believed Mary was born in some adamic place of sin, though not sinning in any real degree.

    We should also note that the EO don’t believe in the Immaculate Conception, per se. Only “Christ In Majesty”!

    But we can see too both Luther’s love for Mary, as too in Heinrich Bullinger. Indeed not just Roman Catholics love Mary! 🙂

    1. Yes, the Theotokos has her place in salvation history, as do the Angels, Apostles, patristic Fathers, marytrs, etc. But that place is never to displace Christ or to refocus attention anywhere but on Christ. Without Christ all mankind is lost. As John wrote:

      “Jesus said to him [Thomas], ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life, No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.'” (John 14: 6-7 (NKJV))

      No creature is that way, truth, or life. Only Christ. And as Paul wrote,

      “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3: 22-25 (ESV))

      No creature is free of sin and no creature can be our propitiation. There is no salvation except through Christ.

    2. Speaking of Bullinger, he mentions Mary twice in his 2nd Helvetic Confession (1561/1566), both in Chapter X, “Of Jesus Christ, True God and Man, the Only Savior of the World”:

      “And we believe that he was born, not only when he assumed flesh of the Virgin Mary,…. but was most chastely conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the ever virgin Mary,…”

      It is sad today that so many heirs of the Reformation forget how the magisterial Reformers like Luther and Bullinger accepted Mary’s perpetual virginity.

      1. A big Amen to both these posts Michael! St. Mary the Virgin is indeed in many ways the “first” in the great Salvation History of God! (Luke 1: 46-47) She alone is the Mother of the Incarnate Christ… “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” (Lk. 1: 28) And Elizabeth, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” (Lk. 42)

        Btw, today is my youngest Son’s birthday! 🙂

      2. Fr. Robert, They grow up so fast as we get old so quickly! 🙂 [I spent yesterday afternoon with my son who is in the Navy. He’s back from his 2 years in Sicily and is driving across USA with his wife and her two cats to his next assignment in California.]

  2. Not a quick fix for social problems around the globe. But, as a mother devotes herself to her children all throughout her life and does whatever she can year after year to guide them to maturity, so I believe does our Blessed Mother Mary continually intercede for us with great solicitude. God bless!

  3. It is understood that ‘Mary Conceived Jesus in Her Heart before She Conceived Him in Her Womb’; for this to be, Her Heart could only Be “Immaculate”. And in Her pristine Creature place–within The Heart of God, She is the most powerful Intercessor of/for the Human race!

    We are living in escalating Evil times & brazen impiety – it is a Good & Noble gesture of Pope Francis…to clothe the world in ‘Mary’s mantle of protection and Holy Wisdom’; because She is A Creature, She confounds the Evil One–with Her great Humility and Purity; all because of the ‘Merits of Her Son’, of course!

    1. Margaret, Any and all “causality” is entirely up to God, not Mary. Paul makes that clear in Romans (8:18-39, but esp. 28-30). And as Isaiah 7:14 makes clear, the relationship of Mary to Jesus was something established long before Mary was ever conceived. We should also keep in mind that in the tradition Mary is a very, very young girl. She was not an adult in the modern sense. (Some of the ancient legends about Mary are quite fascinating. For example, her relationship with the Temple and high priests.)

    2. Of course, “…causality is entirely up to God”; of course, “Christ is the One and Only Mediator”–“no one comes to the Father except through ME”, Jesus says; I am not supplanting Mary in Her Son’s place. At the wedding feast of Cana, it was Mary who “Interceded” on behalf of the wedding party and guests present–“Son, they have no more wine”. Jesus performed HIS first public Miracle at Her bequest. It was not Mary’s place, nor was she capable–of turning the water into wine. Mary ALWAYS points to Jesus “do whatever HE tells you”. To fully understand this most Intimate and Intrusive of relationships–between Jesus and Mary, one would need to plummet the depth and breath of Mariology. And Jesus, for HIS part, gives us Mary for our ‘Spiritual Mother’ -“Behold your Mother”, Jesus says to John at the foot of the Cross. It was Jesus Who hung on the Cross–the ONLY Savior and Mediator between God and Man; but it was Mary Who stood beneath that Cross, Her Heart and Soul pierced–to the core of Her being – a ‘Mystical Union’ conferred upon Her in that moment of Her Fiat–“Let it be done unto me according to Thy Word”. That is why the Church can title Her “co-mediatrix of Grace” and “co-redemptrix” – it is not to take away from Jesus or to raise Her on par with HIM, but rather…it is a ‘relationship of Persons’ as indeed the Most Holy Trinity is a ‘relationship of Persons’. The Father looks upon us through the Merits of HIS Son–Jesus; Jesus looks-with pity-toward us through the Eyes of HIS Mother–so much is given us because of Her, so much is pardoned us because of Her. Jesus came to us through Mary and so HE desires to receive us through Mary–it is the way of ‘Littleness’–it is the more ‘Perfect Way’!

      1. Margaret, 1 Tim 2:5-7 clearly refutes any attempt to make Mary a co-mediatrix: “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” (ESV)

        One fails to find such erroneous language as “co-mediatrix” or “co-redemptrix” in the NT works of Luke or John, those reportedly closest to her. And one fails to find this improper language in the period of the patristic fathers and Ecumenical Councils. Mishonoring Mary by improperly elevating her role in salvation history then or now does reduce the importance of her Son, our only Savior and redeemer, and ultimately dishonors Christ by transferring his saving work onto a created being who is in need of salvation herself. Christ saved Mary just as Christ saved Moses and Peter. There is only one savior, one redeemer. That work cannot be shared with any mere creature.

        Yes, all generations will call Mary blessed, but they cannot properly conflate her with our only mediator and redeemer.

      2. I am obviously with Michael here, and note he is an Orthodox Christian (Antiochian in America). I wish the EO and the RC’s would engage more! These Antiochian Orthodox Christians could really bless the RC’s… And here I am talking more about the so-called mystical Christian life, with Icon’s and the Mystical Body life of Christ Himself! Indeed there has been a real life movement and renewal in the Western EO in the last 20 years or more, it too has hit some hard times at the present, but it is pretty healthy! God Bless them! And we should be thankful to have someone like Michael Frost here, who both understands something of both the Reformation and the EO, historically! Thanks Michael! 🙂

      3. Fr Robert, Of course there is great diversity of opinion with EO. Some are more RC. Others not. I’m certainly much more the later. I’d like to think I follow in the footsteps of Bradley Nassif. Check out the book Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism. The 3 EO participants have a yes, no, and maybe attitude. I suspect the EO monastics tend more toward RC positions in some areas. Though at the “official”, doigmatic level, never forget Cyril Lukaris, Ecumenical Patriarch (who gave James I the unical used for the KJV). EO haven’t officially dogmatized much since the 7th Council (excepting probably some of Gregory Palamas’ ideas). Cyril took the patristic fathers and Ecumenical Councils and then essentially grafted on a very Reformed outlook. Sadly, he was found dead by likely unnatural causes.

      4. @Michael: Yes I am VERY aware of the many differences (autocephalous nature) of the EO! I have almost been eaten-alive by a few! lol But, I still value much of their, especially…Christology and parts of the Trinity of God! And yes, I have myself seen some of the almost “RC” nature of a few that I have meet and known.

        *And yes, if I were around.. many I think would like to kill me too for my Augustinian and Calvinist positions on grace! 😉 Many just simply HATE the Reformed Doctrines of Grace! (Almost anything but the Reformed doctrine of grace!) I quite remember getting into it with one of their “theolog’s” over Imputation (and this was when I was thinking of going over to the EO) and when he could not get the best of me or it, he simply resorted to calling me a “heterodox”, the nice word for heretic with the EO I notice! 😉 I learned then I simply could not give-up my mental and academic freedom! And sinceI have learned I really am a Protestant! (Though I think an Anglican one)

      5. In the last analysis…from St. John’s Gospel: “A Woman clothed with the Sun, the Moon under Her feet and around Her Head a Crown of twelve stars”!
        If it is the Good pleasure of The Most Holy Trinity to raise Mary most Holy to this unfathomable homologous position, should we not as well be docile & humble to/in this great “Mystery”?!
        St. Maximilian Kolbe said: “We can never exceed the Honor given Mary beyond that which God has already Esteemed Her (yes Honor, NOT Worship).
        Here again, the ‘relationship of Persons’: Mary is the Gatepost/Gateway to God and any and ALL “Honor” given Mary, most Holy, ALWAYS Glorifies The Most Holy Trinity!
        The “Litany of the most Blessed Virgin Mary”…far Excels our ‘sinful lowliness’; we all would do well to find our place–as ‘children of God’–in the Heart of this Most Compassionate & Fervent of Mothers!!

      6. @Margaret: You quoted Rev. 12: 1 (surely Johannine), but not the Gospel of John. And this is apocalyptic.

        Maximilian Kolbe the Polish priest who gave his life in place of another, was surely a godly priest, but of course very Marian, and classic old school on Marian doctrines. He is hardly however a biblical scripture scholar, even in the RCC. There are other Catholics scholars I myself would read here! And Mary is always a “creature”, a great and godly creature of God, and certainly a vessel of grace in the use of the Incarnation of God In Christ. And in the Council of Ephesus she is called the Theotokos, or God-Bearer, and of course this is as to the giving of Christ, the Son of God in a human body. But beyond this, the Scripture is rather silent! We surely must not place her in some kind of neo-Trinitarian place, which Catholicism has most surely done! The Immaculate Heart of Mary beside her Son with the Sacred Heart, etc. Myself, as far as I can go, is Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Christ, or the Incarnation. Anything further surely seems close to idolatry, but here I will speak for myself. Like the Orthodox (EO) I believe we can venerate the Theotokos, but in places like Mary Ever-Virgin, the Annunciation, and even something of the Dormition , or her death, also known as her Falling Asleep, thinking of the Orthodox here. Though the EO do things in their liturgy (Mariological), which is really absent in their theology towards Mary! I confess I am much closer to the EO here, than I can ever be again with Catholicism, and either Anglo-Catholicism or Roman. It is good to be, as I see it, in that Church of the via-media, or middle way, at least doctrinally and theologically! 🙂

      7. Margaret, You might keep in mind two things. First, just read the Apostles’ and Nicean Creeds. See what they say about Mary. These creeds get at the distilled essence of patristic, counciliar Christianity. Mary is mentioned, in the context of her son, and her role is clear but limited (“born of the Virgin Mary”). It is Christ who suffers and dies for us, is resurrected, and ascends into heaven, and who will judge us. Not Mary. Also read Luke’s Gospel and his Acts. Read them as one combined “book”. In the tradition he is close to Mary. Mary’s role is at the beginning. It is important but limited. It points to Christ and she recedes into the background rather quickly. So when Luke discusses the Apostles, Paul, and the early Christian Church in Acts, Mary no longer has a direct role to play. We remember her and venerate her and call her blessed, but our focus must always be on Christ.

        Fr, Robert, When you wrote–“Myself, as far as I can go, is Mary, Mother of the Incarnate Christ, or the Incarnation.”–it has a Nestorian ring, as he preferred Christotokos to Theotokos. Of course you also wrote, “I believe we can venerate the Theotokos” so I know your not. 🙂

      8. @Michael: Don’t get too EO nervous now, Mary being Mother of the Incarnate Christ is as the divine-human Jesus! One Son, dual in nature, not dual in Person. She indeed is the Theotokos, and Jesus is the Christ! 😉

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