Pope Francis declared the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a time for a “global rosary marathon” for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an April 21 statement by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, it was announced that Pope Francis will dedicate the entire month of May to praying the Rosary and seeking Mary’s intercession in the global health crisis. (Read: Do Catholics Really Worship Mama Mary?)
“For the deep desire of the Holy Father, the month of May will be dedicated to a prayer marathon with the theme ‘Prayer to God went up incessantly from the whole Church,'” the council wrote in the statement.
Catholic shrines around the world will be involved in the prayer initiative as promoters of the rosary among the faithful. Thirty of these shrines will also take turns in leading a daily live-streamed rosary at 12 p.m., Eastern time.
As for the Pope, he will open the month-long prayer on May 1 and conclude it on May 31. (Read: Four fun facts that prove Pope Francis’ love for Mama Mary)
Global Rosary Marathon
In a video message to participants in the 27th Ibero-American Summit on April 21, Pope Francis stressed the importance of collective efforts and international collaboration in fighting the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic “has demanded enormous sacrifices from each nation and its citizens,” the Pope said. The crisis has called on “the entire international community to commit, united, with a spirit of responsibility and fraternity, to face the many challenges already in action, and those which will come.”
Pope Francis added that sustainability and inclusivity are very much crucial in developing solutions to the pandemic. (Read: Pope Urges Leaders to Involve the Poor in Post-Pandemic Planning)
“It is urgent to consider a recovery model capable of generating new, more inclusive and sustainable solutions, aimed at the universal common good, fulfilling God’s promise for all men,” Pope Francis said.
“None of this will be possible without a strong political will that has the courage to decide to change things, mainly priorities, so that it is not the poor who pay the highest cost for these tragedies that are hitting our human family,” he added.