Pope thanks boys and girls who will participate in Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) prayer campaign

One Million Children Praying the Rosary will take place tomorrow, October 18th. Francis asks that participants especially remember Ukraine, and all other countries where people suffer from war and misery. In Canada, a virtual event will be hold at 7pm (see the details down this page).

Children of Mozambique in 2021, participating in the One Million Children prayer, in a country where attacks by terrorist groups are on the rise.

Pope Francis, after the traditional Angelus prayer yesterday, called on children all over the world to join the international prayer campaign One Million Children Praying the Rosary, promoted by pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Pope Francis said: “On October 18th, the charity Aid to the Church in Need is promoting the event One million children praying the Rosary, for peace in the world. To all the boys and girls who will be participating, thank you!”

The Pope also asked that through the intercession of Mary participants in the initiative pray for the “martyred people of Ukraine, and all those who suffer from war, and all forms of violence and misery”.

Fall of 2021, in Ukraine, a boy participated in the One Million Children prayer.

The origins of the prayer initiative One Million Children Praying the Rosary date back to the year 2005 when a group of children were praying the Rosary at a local shrine in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, and the adults who witnessed the scene were reminded of the words of Padre Pio: “When a million children pray the Rosary, the world will change.” Since then, the campaign has spread rapidly and become a worldwide phenomenon.

This year, Aid to the Church in Need is once again inviting parishes, kindergartens, schools and families to join in the annual prayer initiative “One Million Children Praying the Rosary”. The purpose of this prayer campaign is to ask for peace and unity throughout the world, while encouraging children and young people to trust in God during difficult times, according to the international president of ACN, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.

“Looking around at all the wars and wickedness, the persecution, disease and fears that weigh upon our world, people might well ask, ‘Is God really in control?’”, he writes in his text inviting people to participate in the initiative.

“Yes, He is”, Cardinal Piacenza responds, “but we must also reach out for His outstretched hands and cling to Him. God has reached out to us, through Mary (…). We believe that if we faithfully recite the Rosary together, then the holy Mother of God will lead us all as one great family into the loving arms of our heavenly Father”.

Be sure to respond to Pope Francis’ call and participate!

In Canada, more than 80 people have already registered for the virtual event, which will take place on October 18 at 7 p.m. (EDT). Information and a link to register can be found on the event’s homepage: https://acn-canada.org/one-million-children/. You can also download material to organize your own prayer time with your children, in your parish, at school or at home with your family.

In Chile in 2021, a child is ready to participate just before bed.

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