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Thousands of Children Participate In “One Million Children Praying The Rosary” 2021

Over 100,000 children from more than 44 countries participated in the campaign.

On October 18 and the Feast of St. Luke, thousands of children joined the “One million children praying the Rosary” campaign sponsored by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a pontifical charity. An annual event to celebrate St. Luke’s feast, more than 100,000 children from over 44 countries, including the Philippines, Myanmar, Kenya, Lebanon, and Sudan, participated in the prayer campaign.

A Catholic leader in Myanmar said that the Rosary has been a source of strength for them in the past year, especially amid the coup that happened early 2020. “The situation has been bad for months now. The pandemic is rather severe in our area. All the villages are in lockdown. Praying the Rosary daily is the only source of strength physically and psychologically in the village,” the bishop said. (Read: 3 Ways To Celebrate The Month of The Holy Rosary During The Pandemic)

For this year, ACN translated meditations and reflections of the Mysteries of the Rosary into 24 different languages, along with coloring pages and a prayer to St. Joseph.

A message from Pope Francis

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Pope Francis greets a boy as he arrives to lead his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo from CNS photo/Paul Haring)

After the event, Pope Francis sent a message to all the boys and girls who participated this year. “I encourage this prayer campaign that has been entrusted to the intercession of Saint Joseph in a particular way this year,” the Holy Father said. “Thanks to all the boys and girls participating in it! Many thanks.”

ACN was established in 1947 as a pontifical foundation dedicated to helping persecuted Christians around the world. According to ACN president Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the 2021 Rosary campaign aims to encourage children to pray “hand in hand with Our Lady and under the protection of Saint Joseph.” (Read: 3 Ways St. Joseph Proved He Was an Exemplary Father)

“[St. Joseph is] a great example for us of how God can turn all things to good through our prayer, our fidelity and our obedience to His Word,” he added. This year celebrates the 10th year of the campaign.

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