In remarks before praying the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis urged the faithful to pray the Rosary every day in May and honored mothers.
Addressing the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Regina Caeli on Sunday, May 8, Pope Francis took the opportunity to praise mothers and urge the faithful to pray the Rosary.
Noting that many countries around the world are celebrating Mother’s Day today, the Roman Pontiff said: “Let us remember our mothers fondly – a round of applause for our mothers – even those who are no longer with us here, but who live in our hearts. .” The pope concluded his vows by saying, “Our prayers, our affection and our best wishes for all our mothers.”
Turning to the Mother of God in the Rosary
In this month of May, traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Pope Francis invited the faithful to recite the rosary for peace every day, entrusting in particular “the sufferings and tears of the Ukrainian people”.
Referring to the Supplication to Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii, a very popular shrine in Italy whose first stone was laid by Blessed Bartolo Longo on May 8, 1976, the 85-year-old pontiff “knelt down spiritually” before the Virgin. “I entrust to him the yearning for peace of the many people in various parts of the world who are suffering from the senseless calamity of war,” he said.
Faced with ‘war madness’ as Russian airstrikes continue in eastern Ukraine, Catholic Church leader urged nations’ leaders not to lose ‘the pulse of the people’ “who wants peace and who knows well that weapons never, never achieve it.
The Russo-Ukrainian war is a constant concern of the Argentine pontiff, who multiplies his calls for an end to the fighting. In an interview with Corriere della Sera published on May 3, he expressed his desire to meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow.