As requested by Pope Francis, the bishops of Scotland will join the Holy Father in consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday.
Bishop John Keenan invited Catholics to join him in the prayer of consecration in St Mirin’s Cathedral at 4pm next Friday.
Bishop Keenan announced: “Our Papal Nuncio has confirmed to us that he has been advised that all bishops and priests throughout the world are being requested, if possible, to recite the prayer of consecration of Russia and the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with their faithful, simultaneously with the Holy Father.”
The consecration will be done in accordance with the request of Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lúcia dos Santos, and her promise that the completion of the consecration of Russia would usher in a period of world peace.
Ukrainian Catholic bishops had asked Pope Francis to Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary following the Russian invasion.
The Holy Father will perform the consecration during a penitential service on March 25. The act of consecration will also be performed at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal by the Cardinal Konrad Krajewski
On the same day, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, will recite the act of consecration at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.