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Pope Francis consecrates Russia, Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Pope Francis consecrates Russia, Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

From Crux By Inés San Martín ROME — Pope Francis said only God can eliminate the evil of “the vicious war” against Ukraine during a ceremony where he consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. “In these days, news reports and scenes of death continue to enter our homes, even as bombs are destroying the homes of many of our defenseless Ukrainian brothers and sisters,” the pope said Friday. “The vicious war that has overtaken so many people, and caused suffering to all, has made each of us fearful and anxious. We sense our helplessness and our inadequacy.” Yet, at a time when the world needs to be told “do not be afraid,” much like the Angel of God told Mary, he said, “human reassurance is not enough.” Pope Francis uses incense as he venerates a Marian ...