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Whether Pope John Paul II actually fulfilled the request of Our Lady of Fatima that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart is a controversial topic among Catholics, and Francis’ consecration no doubt will be, too.

VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis “solemnly entrust[ed]” and consecrated “the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary today. Many of the world’s bishops and priests joined him from their respective locations. Today is the Solemnity of Annunciation.

“Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine,” Pope Francis prayed.

Whether Pope John Paul II actually fulfilled the request of Our Lady of Fatima that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart is a controversial topic among Catholics, and Francis’ consecration no doubt will be, too. Appearing to three peasant children in 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary promised that once Russia was consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, a period of peace would follow. As the Fatima Center explains: …