Cardinal of Lisbon’s prayer consecrating Pope Francis’ pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima

 Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to the intercession and protection of Our Lady of Fatima with a prayer he composed and prayed before the Marian shrine of Fatima on the 13th May 2013, the  feast day marking the 96th anniversary of the apparition of Mary to three children:

‘Give him the gift of discernment to know how to identify the ways of renewal of the church; give him the courage not to hesitate to follow the ways suggested by the Holy Spirit; support him in the hard hours of suffering to overcome with the charity the trials that the renewal of the church will bring.

We consecrate to you, Our Lady, mother of the church, the ministry of the new pope. Fill his heart with the tenderness of God that you experienced so that he can embrace all the men and women of our age with the love of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.’

The Portuguese cardinal, who participated in the conclave that elected Pope Francis, said the new pope had asked him twice to consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima.

Protect the Pope comment: Protect the Pope invites all our readers to unite themselves with Pope Francis’ desire to consecrate his pontificate and the renewal of the Church to Our Lady of Fatima. Please pray this prayer with the intention of supporting Pope Francis.


6 comments to Cardinal of Lisbon’s prayer consecrating Pope Francis’ pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima

  • Joseph Matthew

    We most certainly should unite ourselves with the consecration. And yet what a pity that the Cardinal made no mention of anything specific to the message of Fatima. What a missed opportunity.

  • Pat

    Did anyone see the Mass on 13th May at Fatima? It was on the official Fatima shrine video page:- It was wonderful – absolutely packed.

    The webcam on the Fatima shrine is on 24/7 and one can also send petitions electronically to Fatima via that site. For major feast days and events there is live coverage of Masses in front of the basilica.

    God bless Pope Francis for reminding us of the riches of the Fatima message. Hopefully, this will encourage as many of us as possible to do the crucially important First Five Saturday devotion which Our Blessed Lady requested at Fatima. As is stated on the official shrine website, Sr Lucia has pointed out that “War or peace in the world depend on the practice of this devotion of the First Saturdays . . . ”

    The following is a part of a letter that Sr Lucia wrote to her godmother, Dona Maria Filomena Morais de Miranda, on November 1st 1927:-

    “I don’t know if you already know about the reparatory devotion of the five Saturdays to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As it is still recent, I would like to inspire you to practice it, because it is requested by Our Dear Heavenly Mother and Jesus has manifested a desire that it be practised. Also, it seems to me that you would be fortunate, dear godmother, not only to know it and to give Jesus the consolation of practising it, but also to make it known and embraced by many other persons. It consists in this: During five months on the first Saturday, to receive Jesus in Communion, recite a Rosary, keep Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, and make a confession. This confession can be made a few days earlier, and if in this previous confession you have forgotten the intention (of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary) one can offer the following confession for this intention, provided that on the first Saturday one receives Holy Communion in the state of grace, with the intention of repairing for offences against the Most Holy Virgin, and which afflict Her Immaculate Heart. It seems to me, my dear godmother, that we are fortunate to be able to give Our Dear Heavenly Mother this proof of love, for we know that She desires it to be offered to Her. As for myself, I avow that I am never so happy as when first Saturday arrives. Isn’t it true that our greatest happiness is to belong entirely to Jesus and Mary and to love Them, and Them alone, without reserve? We see this so clearly in the lives of the saints . . . They were happy because they loved, and we, my dear godmother, we must seek to love as they did, not only to enjoy Jesus, which is the least important – because if we do not enjoy Him here below, we will enjoy Him up above – but to give Jesus and Mary the consolation of being loved . . . . and that in exchange for this love They might be able to save many souls . . .”

  • Bob Hayes

    Thank you for publicising this prayer, Deacon Nick.

  • Janet O'Connor

    This is very timely because I just heard a caller to a local Catholic radio station who asked the host of his program if Francis was going to HIMSELF consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary which I knew was incorrect. Russia had nothing to do with this it was about having his papacy consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima.

  • Jon

    I must admit, this is the most I’ve heard about ‘reforming and renewing’ the Church in decades… The fact that the Cardinal is confident these reforms will bring trials and will take courage to bring about, make me wonder what kind of reforms they will be. Of course we are all wondering that. Let us pray for our Holy Father to follow obediently the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

  • Lionel (Paris)

    This is marvellous!
    Merci mon Dieu!

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