The global charity Aid to the Church in Need is sponsoring “A Million Children Praying the Rosary” at 9 a.m. this Tuesday (wherever you are), with a special intention for peace in Syria.
The charity noted that Padre Pio once said, “When a million children pray the Rosary, the world will change.”
The following message, sent out by the Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs in Syria on 1st of June 2016, the World Day of the Child, is just one cry for help among so many from all over the world:
“The children in our homeland of Syria are the little brothers and sisters of the suffering Child Jesus. For over five years now they have been, wounded, traumatised and killed by a brutal war. Many have lost their parents and everything that was dear to them. So many children have been born during this war and have never even known what peace is. Their tears and their sufferings cry out to Heaven… We appeal to Christ, the King of the Universe, who as a tender Child in the arms of His Mother holds the world in his hand, to bless the children of Syria. To Him, who alone can bring peace, we implore: Save and protect the children of this land! Turn now and hear our prayers! Delay no longer to grant peace on our country! Look upon the tears of the children, dry the tears of the mothers, let the cries of anguish at last fall silent!”
In a message to invite children to join the prayer initiative, the charity noted:
“Already in previous years, tens of thousands of children have taken part in this initiative, and we have received so many moving and enthusiastic testimonies about it from all over the world. They shared with us the joy they have seen in those kids who were praying the rosary and also the moving experiences of helpers and organizers, who were truly touched by grace and have now begun to make the Rosary a steady part of their life.
“Please help us, especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, to spread the word to children in all the schools, kindergartens, hospitals, children’s homes and parishes… and let us all together pray the holy Rosary – at 9 a.m. on 18 October – on every continent, for peace in the world!”
For more information: http://millionkidspraying.org/en/
Aid to the Church in Need is an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy See, providing assistance to the suffering and persecuted Church in more than 140 countries. www.churchinneed.org (USA); www.acnuk.org (UK); www.aidtochurch.org (AUS); www.acnireland.org (IRL); www.acn-aed-ca.org (CAN) www.acnmalta.org (Malta)