One of the main events requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima was made by Our Lady on June 13, 1929 that the Holy Father, in communion with all the Bishops of the world, consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. On 25th March 1984, the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope John Paul II performed a ‘whole world consecration’ to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
Much controversy arose among some as to whether The consecration of Russia specifically was ever done, although the remaining visionary, Sister Lucia, is quoted as saying before her death that the consecration had been done and accepted.
Regardless, according to the Vatican News Service, we are about to see the entire world consecrated to the Immaculate Heart by Pope Francis on October 13, 2013. The pilgrim statue of Fatima will be flown to Rome on October 12th and after the consecration on the 13th it will be flown back to Fatima.
Several prayer events are planned for the 12th as well as a pilgrimage with the statue to the Tomb of Saint Peter along with prayer and meditation. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass the following day and make the consecration.
The event will be attended by hundreds of religious movements and institutions that have a special Marian devotion. This Mass is one of the last main events scheduled for the “Year of Faith” that will conclude on November 24, 2013.