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03/23/2022 Kazakhstan (International Christian Concern) – The Bishops of the Church of Kazakhstan have sent an invitation to the nation’s faithful to join in the Celebration of Penance on Friday. Pope Francis will deliver the solemn act of consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Though this solemn act will be delivered in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Bishops’ letter encourages believers across the country to join in prayer and solidarity with the Pope’s intentions. Agenzia Fides received one of these letters and reported what it said,

“Dear brothers and sisters, it is with great joy and great hope that we have received the message that the Holy Father Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Motivated out of the need to redouble our prayers for peace and universal brotherhood, we invite you once again to join the intentions of the Holy Father on the occasion of this important and significant initiative… According to the possibilities of each local reality, it is possible to organize, at the same time, prayers in parishes or communities, to follow a live broadcast through the media, or simply to join spiritually and through prayer to this act which will lead us to the victory of peace and forgiveness. With our prayers and our solidarity, we embrace our brothers and sisters on both sides, victims of violent and fratricidal acts, in the conviction that ‘God is love and whoever abides in love abides in God (John 4:16)”.

In addition to the invitation, the Church leaders thanked the believers in Kazakhstan for the aid sent to Ukraine. Caritas has been taking donations and facilitating aid on behalf of the Kazakh people. Though the Christian population in the country is small and certainly persecuted, they see past their regional problems and continue to support those suffering abroad.