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Ukrainian Catholic Patriarch Responds to Francis on the Consecration of Russia

Ukrainian Catholic Patriarch Sviatoslav, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), has responded to the Pope’s intention to Consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart. The headline, posted on the official information website of the UGCC, reads: “The Ukrainian people have long awaited this spiritual event.”

The article provides some of the background of Fatima and notes that in 2016 on an Patriarchal Visitation to Western Europe, on October 23, Patriarch Sviatoslav consecrated “Ukraine, Eastern Europe and the World to the Immaculate Heart” at a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Fatima, Portugal.

Also notable in the interview is that he says verbatim: “З початком повномасштабної війни наші вірні з різних куточків світу зверталися з проханням здійснити слова Пресвятої Богородиці у Фатімі” which translates as, “With the beginning of the full-scale war, our faithful from various parts of the world asked for the fulfillment of the words of the Most Holy Theotokos in Fatima.”

His Beatitude continued:

We are grateful to the Holy Father for responding in the first place to Mary’s call at the proclamation of July 13, 1917, in Fatima, and to our children’s request to defend Ukraine and stop ‘the errors of Russia, which promotes war and persecution of the Church.’

The Patriarch ended his comments by saying: “We entrust to the Immaculate Heart of Mary all our sufferings and hopes for peace in our long-suffering country.”

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