FATIMA, Portugal, SEPT. 8, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The World Apostolate of Fatima hopes to send a billion prayers to heaven Oct. 8.
The occasion is a worldwide prayer day for the Sanctity of Human Life in which all Catholics are being asked to pray the rosary, and non-Catholics are invited to pray for 20 minutes, creating a worldwide current of prayer.
According to the organizers, the primary objective of the congress is to respond to Pope John Paul II’s insistence in “Evangelium Vitae,” No. 100, that “a great prayer for life is urgent, which will embrace the whole world.”
A congress will be held prior to the day of prayer in Fatima from Oct. 4-8, with the theme: “Mary, to You We Entrust the Cause of Life.”
The Fatima congress is being organized by the namesake World Apostolate, Human Life International, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and Europaische Arzteaktion (European Doctors). The event is supported by the Pontifical Council for the Family.
Those attending include Bishop Karl Romer, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family; Sister Virginia Beretta, sister of St. Gianna Beretta Molla; and Américo Lopez Ortiz, president of the Worldwide Fatima Apostolate.
On Oct. 6, the World Apostolate of Fatima will hold a spiritual program for all children of the world, encouraging them to gather before the Blessed Sacrament and pray the rosary for all the families.