A Catholic charity hopes to bring together a million children worldwide to pray the Rosary this Sunday for peace and the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Catholic Voice.
A spokeswoman for Aid to the Church in Need International told CNA that the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign was “going very well”.
She said that in the past week alone almost 75,000 more people had registered their intention to join in the event on the official website.
She added that ACN had sent information about the prayer initiative to 80 countries in 23 languages. Many people who were preparing to join in had not yet registered on the website, she said.
Pope Francis offered his support for the event after the Angelus on October 11.
“I encourage this beautiful event that involves children throughout the world, who will pray especially for critical situations caused by the pandemic,” he said.
ACN is a pontifical foundation, established in 1947, that helps persecuted Christians and others in pastoral need. Each year it supports more than 5,000 projects in over 140 countries.
ACN holds the Rosary prayer event annually on October 18.
The initiative originated in Venezuela in 2005. According to the official website, children were praying the Rosary at a wayside shrine when “several of the women in attendance strongly felt the presence of the Virgin Mary”.
“They immediately thought of St. Padre Pio’s promise: ‘When one million children pray the Rosary, the world will change’,” the website said.
Campaign seeks to unite a million children in praying the Rosary (Catholic Voice)