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Pope Francis invites children worldwide to pray global rosary against pandemic

In his last Angelus, the pope invited children to participate together in a very special initiative.

“Next Sunday, Oct. 18, the Aid to the Church in Need Foundation is promoting the initiative “For unity and peace, one million children pray the rosary.” I encourage this event that involves boys and girls around the world, who pray especially for the critical situations caused by the pandemic.”

Imagine what would happen if one million children asked for the same thing at the same time. We want peace!

This initiative began in 2005 in Caracas. They wanted to follow Padre Pio's advice. He used to say that “when one million children pray the rosary, the world will change.”

Since 2008, ACN has been promoting the initiative all over the world.

Thousands of children have already signed up on the rosary's official website, millionkidspraying.org. As the map shows, participants are spread across all continents.

These kids from Papua New Guinea supported it.

“We invite all the children around the world to join that day.”

So did these kids from Ghana.

As did this priest from Aleppo, Syria.

Children can join together on Sunday, Oct. 18, from their parishes or homes, and Monday, Oct. 19 from school.

The official website provides downloadable resources for that day, including instructions on how to pray the rosary; drawings and reflections. These materials can also be requested at the foundation's national offices.

Translation: CT