“When a million children pray the Rosary, the world will change.”
Over one hundred thousand children have already signed up for this year’s One Million Children Praying the Rosary initiative, organized by Aid to the Church in Need International (AED), which will take place tomorrow, October 18, 2021.
Emails and messages from dioceses, missions and parishes around the world have poured in to ACN headquarters and national delegations, raising hopes that the official number of participants will be higher than last year.
A total of 44 countries are already confirmed, ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia and including Colombia, Ghana, Lebanon, Peru, South Africa, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Venezuela, Mozambique and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A recent message from a diocese in Myanmar expresses the hope that praying the Rosary can bring to communities. “Thank you very much for inviting us to participate in the One Million Children Praying the Rosary World Prayer Campaign. I sent a notification to all the parish priests to organize the faithful in the parishes,” explains a local church official who, for security reasons, prefers to remain anonymous.
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“The situation has been bad for months now. The pandemic is quite severe in our region. All the villages are confined. The daily prayer of the Rosary is the only source of physical and psychological strength in the villages. Our diocese will join you and pray for you and your intentions. I am forever grateful for all the concerns, love, kindness and generous support,” he concludes.
This year, the initiative will also count on the official support of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, the Worldwide Apostolate of Fátima and the Shrine of Fátima itself, which is so intimately linked to the Rosary.
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In another message, from the Apostolic Vicariate of Aguarico, in Amazonian Ecuador, Bishop Adalberto Jiménez Mendoza pledges his commitment to the initiative and informs ACN that at least 2,500 children will participate, a number expected to reach 7,500. whether family members are also included.
The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” initiative was inspired by the words of Padre Pio who, when he saw a group of children saying the prayer, said “When a million children pray the Rosary, the world will change.”
The number of participants in this initiative increases each year, with the aim of reaching at least one million officially registered participants.
Families, parishes or dioceses wishing to participate in this day of prayer can register here. ACN provides flyers, posters and other materials in dozens of languages, and new ones are added regularly, which free download here. The information pack contains instructions on how to pray the Rosary, short meditations for children on the Mysteries of the Rosary and an Act of Consecration to Our Lady for children.
This year, the initiative is centered around Saint Joseph, with quotes from the Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” (“With a father’s heart”) written by Pope Francis to mark the Year of Saint Joseph. This year’s campaign will encourage children to pray “hand in hand with Our Lady and under the protection of Saint Joseph”. says Cardinal Piacenza, President of ACN International, who recalls that Saint Joseph, as patron of the universal Church, “is for us a great example of how God can transform everything for good through our prayer, our fidelity and our obedience to his Word.”