Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at a Vatican ceremony on October 13 of this year, 2013.
The “Marian Day” ceremony, organized by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, will be held on the anniversary of the final appearance of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. For the occasion, the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be brought from the shrine in Portugal to the Vatican, for public veneration on October 12 followed by the consecration ceremony the following day.
Pope Francis will also speak on Marian devotion, and preside at Eucharistic adoration, and lead the Rosary with audio links to Marian shrines around the world on the eve of the consecration.
In support of the Holy Father, people throughout the world are invited to participate in a 54-day Rosary Novena, beginning on September 16th and ending on November 8th.
The first 27 days of the novena will serve as a time to petition Our Lady leading up to the consecration. The following 27 days will be days of thanksgiving for all the blessings given to us through Her intercession.
- Pope to consecrate world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart (catholicnewsagency.com)