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Cardinal Gregory will lead the Global Rosary to pray for the end of the pandemic

WASHINGTON DC – Today at noon, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington will lead up to 1,000 faithful in person in a worldwide recitation of the Rosary in response to Pope Francis’ call for a “marathon” of prayer in May” to call for an end to the pandemic.

Washington Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory delivers his homily during an Easter Mass April 4, 2021 at the National Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. (Photo: CNS/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

Today’s Rosary event will take place at the National Shrine Basilica of the Great Upper Church of the Immaculate Conception which can accommodate 1,000 socially distant people. Other safety protocols, such as masks, will also be in place.

[Related: National Shrine to Host May 17 Worldwide Praying of the Rosary]

“During our Marian, we also embrace a host of those whose lives have been restricted by this virus, and of course all those who continue to suffer from poverty, isolation and fear,” wrote the Cardinal Gregory in the Catholic Standard on May 10.

As part of the Rosary Marathon, every day until the end of May at noon, the Rosary is recited from another Marian shrine around the world. Pope Francis started the marathon on May 1 from St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and will close the month by leading prayer in the Vatican gardens on May 31.

“At the beginning of the month dedicated to Our Lady, we join in prayer with all the shrines of the world, with the faithful and with all people of good will to entrust to our Blessed Mother of all humanity so hard tried by this pandemic,” the Pope said. said Francis as he launched the Rosary Marathon on May 1.

The Washington Basilica announced May 7 that she had been chosen by the Holy See to lead today’s rosary.

“It is an honor for us to participate in this important initiative of the Holy Father as he invites the world to offer this great Marian prayer,” said Msgr. Walter Rossi, Rector of the Basilica.

“It is my hope that through this month of worldwide prayer of the Rosary, Our Blessed Mother will favorably consider our supplications and present our great need before her Son, asking God, through his intercession, to end the pandemic and return our world to some form of normalcy.

As Catholic News Service first reported, Bishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, said in a letter to Cardinal Gregory this month that he is “dedicated in a special way to prayer to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the other participating Marian shrines that have or will participate in the Rosary Marathon are located in England, Nigeria, Israel, South Korea, Turkey, Canada, Myanmar, Mexico, Germany and Lebanon.

Each participant will pray the rosary for a specific prayer intention. Today’s is addressed to “all world leaders and all heads of international organizations”.

The one yesterday, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, was for “all victims of violence and human trafficking”. And tomorrow’s, at Notre-Dame de Lourdes in France, is for “all doctors and nurses”.

NET-TV will broadcast the Rosary from the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, live at 12 p.m. To watch NET-TV broadcast the Rosary live, click HERE.