Pope Francis asked, on two different occasions, His Eminence José Policarpo, Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon and President of the Bishops Conference of Portugal, to consecrate his Petrine Ministry to Our Lady of Fatima.
The revelation was made by Cardinal Policarpo on the afternoon of April 8, at the Shrine of Fatima, during the opening remarks of the 181st Plenary Assembly of the Bishops Conference of Portugal (CEP).
Towards the end of the opening speech, Cardinal Policarpo revealed: “Pope Francis has asked me twice to consecrate his new ministry to Our Lady of Fatima. It is a command I can fulfill in silent prayer. But it would be nice if the whole Bishops Conference joined me in fulfilling this request. Mary will guide us in all our work and also in the way we may fulfill this desire of Pope Francis”.
The Plenary Assembly runs through April 11 at the Retreat House of Our Lady of Sorrows. The President of CEP focused his opening speech on two events: the Resurrection of Christ and the election of Pope Francis.