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Pope's peace prayer for Ukraine recalls ancient prophesy

Pope's tranquillity invocation for Ukraine recalls of long ago prophesy

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis presided Friday over a exceptional invocation for Ukraine that harked spine to a century-old apocalyptic prophesy concerning tranquillity with every one other accompanied by Russia that was sparked by purported visions of the Virgin Mary to trio peasant children inside Fatima, Portugal, inside 1917.

Francis invited bishops, priests with every one other accompanied by usual faithful around the world to fasten him inside the consecration prayer, which opened Friday accompanied by Francis entering St. Peter's Basilica earlier to an estimated 3,500 people, including cardinals, ambassadors with every one other accompanied by pilgrims.

To mallet place of residence its general nature, the Vatican translated the text of the invocation into trio dozen languages. Retired Pope Benedict XVI was participating with every one other accompanied by an envoy of Francis was celebrating a simultaneous work at the Fatima shrine itself.

The ritual is of deep non-material importance to numerous Catholics with every one other accompanied by a spring of fascination to others. It deals accompanied by some of the additional contentious aspects of the Catholic faith: purported visions of the Madonna, prophesies of hell, Soviet communism with every one other accompanied by the demise of a pope, with every one other accompanied by whether the prophesies contained inside the inappropriately namedsupposed "secrets of Fatima" have by that hour dated been fulfilled or not.

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The work was Francis' latest attempt to rally prayers for an extremity to the war while keeping not shut options for conversation accompanied by the Russian Orthodox Church with every one other accompanied by its influential leader, Patriarch Kirill. Francis has yet to publicly condemn Russia by name for its invasion, though his denunciations have grown increasingly outraged.

The Fatima tale dates to 1917, when according to tradition, Portuguese siblings Francisco with every one other accompanied by Jacinta Marto with every one other accompanied by their cousin Lucia said the Virgin Mary appeared to them sextet times with every one other accompanied by confided to them trio secrets. The earliest set of two described an apocalyptic likeness of hell, foretold the extremity of World War I with every one other accompanied by the start of World War II, with every one other accompanied by the rise with every one other accompanied by let fall of Soviet communism. The children were aged in the centre of 7 with every one other accompanied by 10 at the time.

In 2000, the Vatican disclosed the long-awaited third secret, describing it while foretelling the May 13, 1981, assassination try opposed to St. John Paul II inside St. Peter's Square.

According to subsequent writings by Lucia, who became a nun with every one other accompanied by died inside 2005, Russia would exist converted with every one other accompanied by tranquillity would reign if the pope with every one other accompanied by all the bishops of the world consecrated Russia to the "Immaculate Heart of Mary." Lucia subsequent claimed that John Paul fulfilled that prophesy throughout a Mass on March 25, 1984, exactly 38 years ago Friday, flat though he never specified Russia inside the prayer.

The text of Francis' invocation Friday appears to correct that 1984 omission, reading: "Therefore, Mother of God with every one other accompanied by our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust with every one other accompanied by consecrate ourselves, the Church with every one other accompanied by all humanity, mainly Russia with every one other accompanied by Ukraine." It adds: "Grant that war may extremity with every one other accompanied by tranquillity spread all over the world."

For some traditionalist Catholics, Francis' accent of Russia inside the prayer, while well while his invitation for all the world's bishops to fasten him, eventually fulfills the first Fatima prophesy. Some quibble that he has added inside Ukraine, while others point to the fact that the first call for Russia's "conversion" — presumably to Catholicism — strength well have been a priority for the Catholic Church inside 1917 nevertheless is not a focus of the Vatican's evangelization scheme now.

Soon following Francis announced his plans to clasp the consecration prayer, Patriarch Kirill announced he, too, was inviting the Russian Orthodox to straight prayers to the Mother of God. Kirill has called for tranquillity nevertheless he has too seemingly justified the invasion by invoking Russia with every one other accompanied by Ukraine while "one people" with every one other accompanied by describing the dispute while a "metaphysical" battle.

The Rev. Stefano Caprio, a former Catholic missionary inside Russia with every one other accompanied by a professor of Russian history with every one other accompanied by the arts at the Pontifical Oriental Institute inside Rome, said Kirill is hardly the most hawkish of Russian patriarchs with every one other accompanied by is presumably under pressure to toe the Kremlin's official line. But inside comments to reporters this week, Caprio noted that the Catholic with every one other accompanied by Orthodox prayers actuality offered up Friday convey some significant ambiguities.

"The difficulty is that these are set of two different interpretations: The Madonna who favors peace, with every one other accompanied by the Madonna who supports the war," he said.

Pope's tranquillity invocation for Ukraine recalls of long ago prophesy

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