By Leslie Ann Aquino
To encourage more Filipino Catholics particularly children, to pray the rosary, organizers of the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” will distribute rosaries to those who will participate in the event.
But these are not ordinary rosaries as these are blessed by no less than Pope Francis himself which was also distributed during World Youth Day in Panama.
“We will distribute around 200 to 300 rosaries… These are blessed by the Holy Father,” Jonathan Luciano, Aid to the Church in Need Philippines National Director, said in an interview.
He said among those set to receive the rosaries are students of Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City where they will hold their activity on October 25 which will be led by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Caccia.
According to Luciano, the activity was supposed to be held on October 18 but the nuncio is not available so they decided to hold the event on the 25th.
“It’s okay to hold it any day in October since the whole month is dedicated to the Holy Rosary,” he said.
Other schools and parishes from the 40 participating arch/dioceses will simultaneously pray the rosary at 9 am on Oct. 18.
Luciano expressed hope that through the said activity many Filipino Catholics and families will be inspired to pray the rosary.
“Maybe we should start the rosary campaign in schools particularly in Catholic schools. We encourage them to go back to the devotion of praying the rosary. Actually this is a call to families. If children don’t see their parents or elders’ praying it’s going to be very difficult for them to imbibe the importance of praying the rosary and prayer for that matter,” he said.
“Let us intensify the campaign starting with the youth. Let’s do it not only this month but even after,” added Luciano.
He said requiring students from Catholic schools from bringing a rosary daily is also a “good idea.”
Luciano said schools and parishes who wish to request for rosaries and catechetical materials may contact ACN Philippines.
“If they need rosaries our group can also help. We are helping Christian families in the Holy Land, who are making these rosaries, distribute it. They donate it to us with the request of distributing them to children,” he said.
The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” worldwide campaign of ACN aims to pray for peace and harmony among nations and reconciliation.
According to ACN Philippines, this year’s event is also in response to the call of the Holy Father to pray for missionaries in this Extra-Ordinary month of mission.