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Over 800,000 children praying for world peace

“We are thrilled by today’s One Million Children Praying the Rosary campaign,” wrote Rossana Moya, Dean of Formation – Elementary – at Clear Water Academy in Calgary, Alberta, yesterday. In total, 172 from the school—students and teachers alike—participated in the international prayer event which takes place on October 18 each year. 

At the Clear Water Academy in Calgary (Courtesy)

In British Columbia, 200 students prayed at St. Michael’s Catholic School in the City of Trail, and in Montreal, 26 children participated at École Marie-Clarac. “I don’t know if it’s because of the war in Ukraine or if it’s simply due to our promotional work, but I can say that this campaign is becoming a must in Canada, just like Red Wednesday,” says Marie-Claude Lalonde, national director of ACN’s Canadian office. In all, more than 500 people in Canada—most of whom were children—joined the virtual event or participated in activities organised by their schools, and 840,000 children participated worldwide (140 countries!).

In Lebanon: the joy to pray for peace !

“The campaign is very popular in Africa and in the Middle East, where conflicts continue to ravage relationships. We have received photos from Mozambique, Lebanon, and Brazil,” continues Lalonde. “We extend an invitation to children today for next year’s event on October 18, 2023.”

In Fatima, Portugal, 500 people gathered for the event.

Praying for the “suffering people of Ukraine”

During this past Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis announced: “This Tuesday, 18 October, Aid to the Church in Need is promoting the One Million Children Praying the Rosary campaign. I thank all the children who are participating!”

The pope also asked that, through the intercession of Our Lady, participants pray for and entrust to her “the suffering people of Ukraine, and other people who are suffering due to war and any form of violence and misery.”

The One Million Children Praying the Rosary campaign began in 2005. A group of children were praying the Rosary at a local shrine in Venezuela’s capital of Caracas. Adults who witnessed the scene recalled the words of Padre Pio: “When one million children pray the Rosary, the world will change.” Since then, the campaign has continued to grow and has become a global movement.

In Peru.

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