VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and Ukrainian families in Rome will gather on May 31 before a statue of Mary, Queen of Peace, to recite the Rosary for peace in Ukraine and other places at war.
Pope Benedict XV had the statue placed in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome in 1918 as a sign and token of the people’s prayers for an end to the First World War.
“At the end of the Marian month, Pope Francis wants to offer a sign of hope to the world, which is suffering from the conflict in Ukraine and deeply wounded by the violence in the many active theaters of war” around the world, said an announcement. of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
For the recitation of the evening rosary, the council said, Pope Francis will be joined not only by Ukrainian families, but also by members of the scouts, young people who have recently received their first communion or confirmation, young adults from Italy belonging to to a Marian prayer group, military chaplains and representatives of the three Queen of Peace parishes in Rome.
The Rosary will be broadcast live from Rome and broadcast in: the Cathedral of the Mother of God in Zarvanytsia, Ukraine; the Syriac Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad; the Melkite Cathedral of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, in Homs, Syria; and Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral in Awali, Bahrain.
The world’s most famous Marian shrines, including Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland, Our Lady of Lourdes in France, Our Lady of Knock in Ireland and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, are also expected to join us, said said the board.