Rosary prayer

The pope will lead the rosary for peace on an image made to ask for an end to the First World War

Pope Francis will close the month of Mary united with the People of God and the shrines of war-torn lands.

Pope Francis will pray the Rosary on May 31 at Saint Mary Major in Rome, in front of the image of Our Lady, Regina Paris (Queen of Peace).

At the beginning of May, traditionally the month of Mary, the Holy Father urged everyone to recite the rosary for peace every day.

According to the Dicastery for Promoting the New Evangelization, the pope leading the rosary on May 31 reflects his wish “to offer a sign of hope to the world, suffering from the conflict in Ukraine and deeply wounded by the violence in the many theaters of war . still active. He will pray the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Rome time (noon EST).

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The statue of Marie Regina Pacis is located in the left wing of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. It was commissioned by Benedict XV, and made by the sculptor Guido Galli, then deputy director of the Vatican Museums, to ask the Virgin to end the First World War in 1918.

Our Lady is depicted with her left arm raised as a sign of ordering an end to the war, while with her right she holds the Child Jesus, ready to drop the olive branch symbolizing peace. The flowers at the base symbolize the blossoming of life with the return of peace. It is traditional for the faithful to lay at the feet of the Virgin small handwritten cards with prayer intentions.

The pope will lay a wreath at the feet of the statue before addressing his prayer to Our Lady and leaving his special intention.

Joined by the People of God

Various groups will be united with the Pope in prayer, representing all the People of God – boys and girls who have just received First Communion or Confirmation, families of the Ukrainian community in Rome, parishioners of Roman parishes, members of the Curie and members of the Swiss Guard.

A Ukrainian family, relatives of war victims and military chaplains will help lead the decades.

Saint Mary Major


united in the world

The event will be similar to that of May 2021, in the midst of the pandemic, in that various shrines around the world will unite to pray the Rosary at the same time. Some of these shrines are located in countries affected by war or political instability and violence.

Some of these shrines will be connected via livestream, including:

Shrine of the Mother of God (Zarvanytsia) in Ukraine
Cathedral of Sayidat al-Najat (Our Lady of Salvation) in Iraq
Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Syria
Cathedral of Mary Queen of Arabia in Bahrain

Other Marian shrines including Guadalupe in Mexico, Lourdes in France, Knock in Ireland, Holy House of Loreto in Italy, Jasna Gore in Poland, Korean Martyrs and others will also join the event.

The prayer will be broadcast live on the official channels of the Holy See with translation into Italian Sign Language LIS.