Rosary prayer

Watch Pope Francis say the Rosary for Peace live here

Pope Francis will lead the Rosary today, May 31 at 12 p.m. EST. He invites the faithful around the world to join him in praying for peace.

Today, Tuesday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. in Rome (noon in New York), on the feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Saint Elizabeth, Pope Francis called for an international moment of prayer for peace in Ukraine.

People from all over the world are invited to join in the prayer of the Rosary with the Bishop of Rome, who will lead the rosary from the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, at the foot of the image of Mary Queen of Peace.

Mary, Queen of Peace

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The Ukrainians will join the pope at Santa Maria Maggiore. Marian shrines around the world will be connected to the initiative.

“I invite the faithful, families and communities to join in this invocation, to obtain from God, through the intercession of the Queen of Peace, the gift that the world is waiting for,” Pope Francis said, making reference to this global prayer initiative, as he led the Regina Coeli on May 29 in St. Peter’s Square.

Watch the live stream here

This prayer for peace concludes the month of May traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

It will be broadcast through the official channels of the Holy See in different languages, and will even be translated into sign language. Follow the Rosary for Peace live here:

Ukrainian families

The 85-year-old Pope will be surrounded by families from the Ukrainian community in Rome, as well as young people who have just made their first communion and confirmation, scouts and members of the Vatican Gendarmerie Corps and the Swiss Guard.

Three parishes in Rome bearing the name of the Virgin Mary Queen of Peace will also participate.

The prayer will take place in front of the statue of Mary Queen of Peace, located in the left nave of the Roman Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

Pope Benedict XV commissioned this statue, imploring the Virgin Mary to end World War I in 1918.

The statue represents Mary with her left arm raised, as if to order the end of the conflict. In his arms, the Child Jesus holds an olive branch which symbolizes peace.