Did you know Afghanistan is consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima?

Fr. Giovanni Scales, Barnabite missionary and head of Mission Sui Iuris of Afghanistan, consecrated Afghanistan to Our Lady of Fatima on Oct. 13, 2017. He held a ceremony in the chapel of the Italian embassy with Catholic military, civilians, and religious sisters.

The priest said he wanted to “turn to heaven” and devote the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“It implies the conviction that the most difficult and intricate situations can be solved from one moment to the next without the slightest human effort. Those who shape history are outside of history,” Fr. Scales said in 2017.

“The memory of the consecration of Russia, a few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall and at the end of the Soviet Union: If [it] led to the end of communism, could the consecration of Afghanistan not bring some peace to this battered country?”

Fr. Giovanni Scales After Taliban Takeover: “Pray, Pray, Pray”

The Barnabite priest begged for prayers on Aug. 16, 2021 after the Taliban took over the country. Many residents, especially Christians, women, and children, will be and are subject to horrific abuse, persecution, and death.

“We are living days of great apprehension as we await what happens,” Fr. Scales told Vatican radio. “Pray, pray, pray for Afghanistan!”

“[Fr. Giovanni Scales] urges everyone to draw close spiritually to the people and pray that Lord may save Afghanistan from more suffering and bring them lasting peace,” Vatican Radio reported.

 Let us respond to this call and offer our prayers for Afghanistan!