- Apr 7, 2020
Burkina Faso has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a bid to stem the tide of jihadist attacks in the country and the rest of the Sahel region of Africa.
“She never wanted for herself something that was of her son,” Pope Francis said Thursday. “She never introduced herself as co-redemptrix. No. Disciple,” he said, meaning that Mary saw herself as a disciple of Jesus.
The moving of the Immaculate Conception to Monday can actually provide some unexpected peeks into the life and flow of the Church.
For hundreds of years the Shrine of the Holy House of Loreto has been among the most popular destinations for Marian devotees in Italy, and with a jubilee just weeks away and a new status on the Church’s liturgical calendar, the shrine’s importance will likely continue to grow.
Perhaps Pope Francis could publicly entrust both ecumenism and integration of migrants and refugees to Mary, Untier of Knots, and encourage prayer to Mary under that title on both fronts.
The Lord Jesus would have wanted his beloved mother to know that he was okay, that the mission had been completed and that he was no longer in pain.