Rosary prayer

A million children who pray the Rosary can change the world

This year’s prayer campaign is centered on the Father’s love for the world.

The International Catholic Pastoral Charity and the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) once again invite parishes, kindergartens, schools and families to join the annual prayer initiative “One million ‘children praying the Rosary’, which will take place on October 18 this year.

The purpose of this prayer campaign is ask for peace and unity across the world, while encouraging children and young people to trust God in difficult timess, according to ACN International President Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.

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This year’s campaign poster features two open hands surrounding and supporting the globe, as well as children on all continents. These hands symbolize the hands of the divine Fatherwho created the world in love and who desires to save all peoples and bring them back safe and sound to Him.

“Looking around at all the wars and wickedness, persecution, disease and fears that plague our world, people might well wonder, ‘Is God really in control?’,” Cardinal Piacenza writes. , in its text inviting people to participate in the initiative.

“Yes, he is,” Cardinal Piacenza replied, “but we must also reach out to his outstretched hands and cling to him. God has reached out to us, through Mary… We believe that if we faithfully recite the Rosary together, then the Holy Mother of God will lead us all as one big family into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.

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Concerned by the situations of war, violence and deep poverty that persist in countries such as Ukraine, Nigeria, Myanmar, Pakistan or regions such as the Middle East and the Sahel in Africa, ACN wishes to entrust, in a special way, all those places where people cannot live in peace to the powerful and loving hands of the divine Father.through the powerful intercession of the Mother of God.

The foundation considers that the participation of different countries in past campaigns has been most positive. In 2020, during the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father encouraged everyone to join the initiative.

“Some of the most positive reactions we have had have come from precisely the areas where peace is most needed. It is particularly moving to know that there are children in Iraq, Syria, Belarus or Myanmar who pray with those who gather in Fátima, in Portugal, in Canada or in the United States. It gives us hope that the love that comes from faith can triumph over violence,” says Fr. Martin M. Barta, ACN International Ecclesiastical Assistant.

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The ACN web page offers free materials for those who pray in parishes, schools, children’s groups and families. The free information pack contains instructions on how to pray the Rosary, short meditations for children on the Mysteries of the Rosary, an Act of Consecration to Our Lady for children and a prayer to Saint Joseph. Online information packs are available, along with coloring pictures, in 26 different languages. They can be downloaded here.

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The origins of the One Million Children Praying the Rosary prayer initiative date back to the year 2005, when a group of children were seen praying the Rosary at a local shrine in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. , and some of the adults who witnessed the scene remembered the words of Padre Pio, who once said: “When a million children recite the Rosary, the world will change”. Since then, the campaign has spread rapidly and become a global phenomenon.

This article was written by ACN’s María Lozano.

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