, 24 March, 2020 / 6:27 AM
On the Solemnity of the Annunciation Wednesday, March 25, nations from around the world can be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a liturgy to be celebrated at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima.
The Sanctuary was built in the place where, in 1916 and 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese children.
In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Portuguese bishops’ conference announced last week they would reconsecrate Portugal to Christ and Mary on the evening of March 25.
Shortly after the announcement, the Spanish Bishops’ conference requested that their country also be consecrated in the same liturgy.
The Secretary General of the Portuguese Bishops’ conference told ACI Digital, CNA’s Portuguese language news partner, that other countries can also join the initiative, simply by a request from their respective Bishops’ Conference to the Bishops’ Conference of Portugal.
During the March 25 liturgy, Cardinal Manuel Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon, alongside Cardinal António Marto, diocesan bishop in Fatima, will lead the rosary, before consecrating the Iberian Peninsula, along with any other countries joining the initiative, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The global coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly 400,00 people, and killed more than 16,000 worldwide.
In Portugal, more than 2000 have been infected and more than 20 have been killed. In neighboring Spain, more than 30,000 have been infected, and 2,200 have been killed.
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa