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Our Lady of the Rosary of South Korea

Today’s intention is for all children and adolescents.

During the month of May, the Church around the world joins in a daily rosary for the intention of the end of the pandemic, as well as a specific intention related to the various victims of the virus.

Each day of the month, a different shrine will lead the daily rosary, according to local practice.

The beginning and the end of the Marathon of the Rosary (May 1 and 31) are animated by Pope Francis.

See below to follow the list of shrines.


Intention day 5: for all children and adolescents

On a hill where many South Koreans gave their lives for their faith in Christ, we find today The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Namyang.

This site, also known as Rosary Hill, commemorates the Great Byungin Persecution of 1866 onwards. This was the fourth round of severe persecution of the Church in Korea, resulting in a total of some 10,000 martyrs.

Because of such widespread persecution and the official recognition of some of them as martyrs, Korea has the fourth highest number of saints in the Catholic world.

“The Korean Church is unique because it was founded entirely by lay people,” Pope John Paul II said during the canonization of a group of martyrs. “This fledgling Church, so young and yet so strong in faith, withstood wave after wave of fierce persecution. Thus, in less than a century, it could boast of 10,000 martyrs. The death of these martyrs became the leaven of the Church and led to the current splendid flowering of the Church in Korea.

The sanctuary

Namyang was inaugurated on the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7) in 1991.

The complex includes the Route of the Rosary, the Garden of Merciful Jesus, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and other places of devotion.

Many say that a miracle is at the heart of all physical structure. From an aerial view, the complex appears to have the outline of the Byzantine icon of the Virgin of Vladimir – depicting the Virgin and Child.