Children around the world pray the rosary for peace

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HUNDREDS of thousands of children around the world prayed the Rosary for Peace on October 18th.

The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign was once again a success, organized by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need of dozens of different countries.

Almost 300,000 children have registered on the ACN website, but “the total number of participants is certainly much higher, as many groups, schools and families participated on their own initiative but did not join. not registered ”, Father Martin Barta, ACN ecclesiastical assistant. International, says.

ACN receives reports from many countries that were not officially registered on the website, from Armenia to Argentina, from Paraguay to South Africa.

In many places, the Rosary has been broadcast on television or radio, allowing thousands more to participate from their homes.

An e-mail sent from the parish of Chansolme, about 200 km from the capital of Haiti, a country in the midst of great social unrest, with increasing crime and instability, expresses the attitude of hope in power of prayer.

“Fr. Wolson Tousseus gathered the children today to recite the Rosary for peace. It is a way of uniting us with the prayers of children all over the world. God bless you for this initiative, ”the email read.

Several time zones farther away, in Australia, entire schools have come together to pray.

This was also the case in Spain, where more than 40 schools joined the initiative.

In Madrid, children expressed their fascination when they discovered that for 24 hours children from all over the world were reciting the exact same prayers, in their own language.

United: Hundreds of thousands of children around the world prayed the Rosary for Peace on October 18.

In other countries, however, the scarcity of Catholic schools has made this more difficult. In Korea, it is almost impossible to ask children to pray the Rosary on Mondays in their classrooms unless they are in Catholic school, which is very rare.

“This year, we prayed with 80 children from the Catholic Sunday School of Gaepodong Parish of the Archdiocese of Seoul on October 16, 2021. Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung also joined the children in praying for the peace and unity in the world. The event was a great success, ”said a message from the ACN South Korea office.

A similar message arrived from South Africa.

“Here the children could not meet in the parishes because it was a school day, and in the evening it is not possible due to the distance, the safety and the cost of travel. “

Instead, they decided to light a candle in their homes and pray the Rosary at the same time – one in the Spirit – even though they were separated by a physical distance.

More than 700 children have joined this beautiful worldwide campaign of prayer of the Rosary in the country.

The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign is inspired by the words of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, who once exclaimed, after seeing children praying, that “when a million children will pray the rosary , the world will change ”.

Pope Franci again expressed his support and encouragement for the initiative, mentioning it after the Angelus prayer was recited in Rome on Oct. 17, 17, and tweeting about it the next day.

“Today, thousands of children around the world are participating in the campaign organized by ACN, praying the Rosary for unity and peace. Let us #PrayTogether with them at Notre-Dame with the same confidence that these little ones have in our Heavenly Mother ”, wrote Pope Francis. Father Barta was overwhelmed by the response from different countries.

“Each year we are reminded of the importance and power of prayer. Some of the most positive feedback we have received has come precisely from areas where peace is most desperately needed. Knowing that there are children from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Belarus or Myanmar who pray with those who have gathered in Fátima, Portugal, or Canada, or the United States, is particularly helpful. moving, and gives us hope that the love that comes from faith can triumph over violence, ”he said.

The “Million Children Praying the Rosary Campaign” began in 2005 and took place every year.


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