Focolare Group Promoting Rosary for Peace

ROME, MARCH 30, 2003 ( The Focolare movement’s Youth for a United World kicked off a 24-hour-a day campaign among young people to pray the rosary for peace.

The “planetary rosary for peace” carries on, in part, an appeal made by L’Osservatore Romano the day after the Iraqi war started. That appeal also called for round-the-clock recitation of the rosary for peace.

The Vatican semiofficial newspaper said the moment had arrived “to intensify supplication to the Queen of Peace so that she would intercede before her Son, the Prince of Peace.”

The proposal was made on the day that Iraqi Catholics and other Christians consecrated their country to Mary, the Queen of Peace, in St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Baghdad.

Youth for a United World, active in 180 countries, brings together young people of various races, cultures and religions.