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Pope Invites Newlyweds, Families to Pray the Rosary

Says Marian prayer is a “summary” of God’s mercy

Pope Francis is proposing that the rosary is a “summary” of God’s mercy, since in the mysteries, we contemplate Jesus who “radiates the mercy of the Father Himself.” And he is inviting newlyweds to make of the rosary a “privileged moment of spiritual intimacy in your new family.”

The Pope said this today at the end of the general audience, as he greeted various language groups.

“We are nearing the end of the month of October, dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary. This is a summary of Divine mercy. In the mysteries of the Rosary, with Mary, we contemplate the life of Jesus that radiates the mercy of the Father Himself. Let us rejoice in his love and forgiveness, receiving it in strangers and those in need, and let us live every day of His Gospel,” he said.

Among the Italian-speaking pilgrims, he greeted the women religious participating in the meeting organised by the USMI, to whom he expressed his hope that their pilgrimage during the Holy Year may revive their communion with Peter’s Successor and with the universal Church, making them witnesses to Divine Mercy in their local churches.

He also mentioned the specialists from the Umberto I Hospital, with boys and girls affected by Apert Syndrome and their families, and participants in the congress of the National Society for Organ Transplants.

“At the end of this month of October I would like to recommend the prayer of the Rosary. This simple Marian prayer shows you, dear young people, the way to interpret God’s will in your lives; love this prayer, dear sick people, as it brings consolation to the mind and to the heart. May it become for you, dear newly-weds, a privileged moment of spiritual intimacy in your new family.”

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