Rosary in Focus at Loreto Exhibition

LORETO, Italy, AUG. 19, 2004 ( The beauty and importance of the rosary has been highlighted by 46 artists, in an exhibition opened in Loreto, in preparation for John Paul II’s visit to this Italian city on Sept. 5.

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The exhibition, being held in the Apostolic Palace of Loreto until Sept. 14, is sponsored by Catholic Action and entitled “The Mysteries of the Rosary.”

“In history, the rosary has been the Gospel for the poor, the humble and families — a sort of first proclamation of faith,” explained Paola Bignardi, president of Italian Catholic Action. “In this sense, the prayer has not exhausted its task, as the Holy Father has confirmed on several occasions.”

When opening the exhibition, Archbishop Angelo Comastri of Loreto recalled the inseparable relationship between “the path of the mysteries and holiness.”

This prayer “was the daily food of Mother Teresa of Calcutta,” he said.

Also inaugurated in the Apostolic Palace is an exhibition entitled “Catholic Action, School of Holiness,” which offers the testimony of saints and blessed of this institution.

John Paul II will beatify three members of Catholic Action in Loreto: Catalan priest Pere Tarres i Claret, Italian politician and engineer Alberto Marvelli, and Italian teacher Pina Suriano.

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