Holy Father Recommends the Rosary

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 9, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II ended his general audience with a recommendation to the faithful to pray the rosary.

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Among the 16,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square today were youths, newlyweds in their wedding clothes, and numerous people in wheelchairs. Before bidding farewell to the crowd, the Pontiff imparted some personal advice.

“October, the month of the holy rosary, encourages us to value ever more this prayer so loved by the Christian people’s tradition,” said the Pope, who plans to publish a letter on the rosary soon.

“I invite you, dear young people, to pray it every day,” he said. “I encourage you, dear sick people, to place yourselves with confidence in the hands of Mary, invoking her incessantly with the holy rosary.”

He added: “And I exhort you, dear newlyweds, not to neglect this praying meditation on the mysteries of Christ, in the light of the Virgin’s gaze.”

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