Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, DD consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in answer to Pope Francis' call on March 25, 2022.
The Act of Consecration was made by Bishop Buzon during the 12:15 Mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral.
In his homily for the occasion, the Bishop communicated the intention of the Holy Father that this “act of consecration should take place within the context of a celebration of penance.” The Bishop also noted that since this “act” will happen at around 5:30 P.M. Vatican time, which is around 11:30 in the evening Philippine time, the Diocese has decided to hold in advance the said consecration.
Quoting the Holy Father, Bishop Buzon reminded the congregation during the Mass that this “act” is to serve as “a gesture of the Universal Church” and “a heartfelt plea to Mary” by God’s people, especially of those who are crying in pain and are suffering because of the war.
“The only thing that can stop this war is when the hearts of the leaders, particularly the aggressors, are touched by grace and this is just again a continuation of Our Blessed Mother’s message in Fatima...[that we] pray for the conversion of Russia – ‘to consecrate Russia to my Immaculate Heart’ –kag siguro waay naton natuman (perhaps, we have not done so) and so again we heed our Blessed Mother’s call”, the Bishop said.
In a Circular Letter dated March 24, 2022, the Bishop likewise requested for "localized consecrations" in the parishes and chaplaincies throughout the diocese during the Saturday morning Masses of March 26.