Zenit is reporting on the Pope’s plea which was made after praying the Regina Coeli in St. Peter’s Square yesterday with thousands of pilgrims.
“Dear brothers and sisters, day after tomorrow, May 1, in the afternoon, I will initiate the Marian Month with a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love,” the Holy Father proclaimed. “We will pray the Rosary, praying in particular for peace in Syria and in the whole world. I invite you to unite yourselves spiritually and to prolong throughout the month of May the prayer of the Rosary for peace.”
History has shown that there is no more powerful way to pray for peace than with the Rosary. From the historic battle of Lepanto in 1571 to the message of Jesus to Nigerian bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme in 2014, when held in the hand of a faithful Christian, the Rosary becomes a powerful weapon for bringing about peaceful resolutions to the world’s most desperate situations.
Our world is in desperate need of just this kind of heavenly intervention. As St. John Paul II wrote in his apostolic letter on the Rosary, Rosarium Virginis Mariae: “The grave challenges confronting the world at the start of this new Millennium lead us to think that only an intervention from on high, capable of guiding the hearts of those living in situations of conflict and those governing the destinies of nations, can give reason to hope for a brighter future.”
The Rosary, which implores the intercession of the powerful Mother of God, is a weapon peculiarly suited to our time.
“In our day and time, a re-establishment of the Rosary seems to be the most effective way to battle the enemy’s forces invading our homes, our families, our communities, our country and our culture,” writes Johnnette Benkovic and Thomas K. Sullivan in their book, The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare.
Let us take up our Rosaries during the month of May and use this powerful weapon to implore heaven’s help for the needs of ourselves, our families, and our world.
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