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Pope Francis Leads Rosary Marathon and Marian Shrines Pilgrimage for May

Updated: Mar 5

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei genitrix.

by Rev. Jose Mayo, OFMCap

We fly to thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. For the month of May, the Church - the mystical body of Christ - shall rush as a child does to her mother in this time of pain and suffering.

Heeding the "heartfelt wish" of the Holy Father, a rosary will be offered each day of the month from a different Marian shrine all over the world, organized by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. The whole Church is enjoined to lift up rosaries to heaven as spiritual petals offered for she who is Health of the Sick along with fervent requests for "the end of the pandemic and the resumption of social and work activities".

While "every Shrine around the world is invited to pray, in the language and manner used locally", official channels of the Holy See will broadcast these daily rosaries everyday at 6:00 p.m. Rome time (12 midnight Manila).

Photo from Paulines Publications Africa