Philippines to join global praying of rosary for peace

Philippines to join global praying of rosary for peace

MANILA— Children in the Philippines will recite the rosary in their homes and schools for world peace and unity on Wednesday, October 18.

The kids will join children from all over the world in the annual event organized by the international pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (CAN) to foster peace and understanding.

In the Philippines, activities will be held at 9am through the initiative of the dioceses and religious communities all over the country.

ACN Philippines has sent out info packets to all the dioceses, communities and schools to encourage their children’s participation in this prayerful activity.

“October is the month of the Holy Rosary in the Catholic Church. This year, the prayer campaign is dedicated to the children in Syria, the innocent victims of a never-ending war,” it said.

“In many areas of the world, lessons will even be interrupted for half an hour so that the children can participate,” ACN added.

ACN Philippines started the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign after it began its operation, as one of only two national offices in Asia, last year.

Organizers asked Catholics to do their part in the global prayer campaign by joining children in every part of the world in praying.

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the Blessed Mother appeared to three children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta – at Fatima in Portugal asking them to pray the rosary for world peace.

ACN President Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said that “the best thing ACN can do for peace in this world is to take the message from heaven seriously.”

“Shouldn’t we be doing so much more to teach children and support them in playing a part in this peace plan, a plan that is more topical than ever today?” Piacenza said.

Last year, children in 69 countries took part in the prayer campaign, which was first initiated in Venezuela in 2005.

Materials for the prayer campaign ACN be downloaded here: http://www.millionkidspraying.org. CBCPNews