The Pope recited the Rosary before the statue of Mary Regina Pacis (Mary, Queen of Peace) at Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major on May 31, at the end of the Month of Mary. He meditated on the Sorrowful Mysteries in union with Marian shrines around the world, including in Zarvanytsia.
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The consecration followed a penitential service where the Pope heard confessions after seeking the sacrament himself.
The Vatican Congregation’s latest note urged Catholics during Holy Week liturgies 'to be prudent and avoid actions and behavior that could potentially be a risk,' (for COVID-19) while not giving specific recommendations.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, after Iranian forces fired missiles at an American military base in Iraq in response to the killing of Iranian General Qassam Soleimani last week, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said, “We must pray urgently that our world’s leaders will pursue dialogue and seek peace."
‘Those who legitimately hold authority have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility,’ Cardinal Parolin said, adding, ‘In this world torn by violence, now is the right time to launch an offensive of mercy.’