(Vatican Radio) Children in the Philippines are joining a worldwide campaign to recite the rosary in their homes and schools on Wednesday, October 18 for world peace, especially for children in war-torn Syria.
“One Million Children Praying the Rosary” is an annual global event organized by the international Catholic charity “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN) to foster peace and understanding. The intention for this year's campaign is children in Syria.
Children of all ages throughout the world will gather on Wednesday, at 9.00 a.m. local time (or, if this should not be possible, at some other time) to pray for unity and peace in the world. In many areas of the world, lessons will even be interrupted for half an hour so that children can join in the ACN initiative.
In the Philippines, activities will be held at 9 am through the initiative of the dioceses and religious communities all over the country. ACN Philippines has sent out info kits to all the dioceses, communities and schools to encourage their children’s participation in the prayer initiative.
ACN Philippines started the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign after it began its operation last year, as one of only two national offices in Asia (the other is in South Korea). Organizers asked Catholics to do their part in the global prayer campaign by joining children in every part of the world in praying.
100 years of Fatima
This year marks the 100th anniversary since the Blessed Mother appeared to three children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta – at Fatima in Portugal asking them to pray the rosary for world peace. ACN President Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said that “the best thing ACN can do for peace in this world is to take the message from heaven seriously.” “Shouldn’t we be doing so much more to teach children and support them in playing a part in this peace plan, a plan that is more topical than ever today?” Card. Piacenza asked.
The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign was first started in Venezuela in 2005, heeding to the exhortation of St. Padre Pio who said, “When one million children pray the rosary, the world will change.” Hence the name of the campaign. Last year, children in 69 countries took part in the prayer campaign.
Aid to the Church in Need, founded in 1947, functions directly under the Holy See. ACN supports over 6,000 pastoral projects in more than 140 countries per year. Through three pillars – information, prayer and action – ACN helps Christians wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in need.