Drug war orphans among ‘one million children praying the rosary’ for peace

Drug war orphans among ‘one million children praying the rosary’ for peace

From left, ACN Philippines National Director Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines’ Chief Operating Officer Amb. Henrietta de Villa and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan hold posters during the launching of the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign in Manila, October 15. CBCPNEWS

By CBCP News

October 15, 2018

Manila, Philippines

Several children orphaned by the government’s war against drugs are joining a worldwide campaign to pray the rosary for peace on October 18.

In the Philippines, around 1,200 parishes and 700 Catholic schools from 41 dioceses are participating in year’s prayer campaign organized by the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

ACN Philippines will highlight the celebration at the San Jose Academy in Navotas and will be led by orphans who are scholars of the Diocese of Kalookan.

“The Lord listens to the children and their prayers are very powerful,” said Kalookan Bishop Pablo David, adding that the rosary is “really a power tool for peace.”

The Kalookan diocese is active in helping form support groups for widows and orphans, and raise funds for children left behind by fathers killed in the drug war.

The diocese has also been providing assistance, through counseling and material support, to bereaved families.

Activities will be held at 9am through the initiative of the dioceses and religious communities all over the country.

Also joining the prayer video are selected children from Syria, Korea, Australia and Marawi City in Mindanao.

ACN Philippines’ National Director Jonathan Luciano said one of the highlights of the campaign is the “concrete expression” of support by Filipino kids to other children in countries where Christians are persecuted.

He said the Filipino children will offer a portion of their allowance to the kids in Iraq, Syria and Africa.

“Their donations will be used for projects that would help children in persecuted Christian communities,” Luciano said.

The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign was initiated in 2005 in Venezuelan capital of Caracas. Since 2006, the ACN has been doing the campaign on a global scale.

“We would like to have these children lead to rosary as a gesture of peace and reconciliation which the world badly needs today,” Luciano said.