The initial idea for this campaign was conceived in 2005 at a wayside shrine to Our Lady in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital. Coming upon a group of children, spontaneously praying the Rosary there, some women who were also present felt a profound experience of the presence of Our Blessed Lady. One of them then recalled a promise made once by St Padre Pio, who had said, „When a million children pray the Rosary, then the world will change.“

The aim of this prayer initiative is first of all to show that the trusting prayer of children can fly like an arrow straight to the heart of God and consequently has great power. How powerful then is the prayer of the Rosary prayed by children for peace and unity within families, within their own nation and in the whole world! As Pope St John Paul II wrote in his apostolic letter on the Rosary, „The Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is “our peace”… The Rosary is also a prayer for peace because of the fruits of charity which it produces.… By its nature as an insistent choral petition in harmony with Christ’s invitation to “pray ceaselessly”, the Rosary allows us to hope that, even today, the difficult “battle” for peace can be won.

And so we are turning to you today with the request to help us and – wherever there are children present, whether in the schools, kindergartens, hospitals or children‘s homes – to encourage and prepare these young people to pray the Rosary, together with tens of thousands of others all around the world on the 18th of October.
Over the past years we have received countless testimonials in response to this initiative. They speak of the joy of the children and of the profound impression this prayer has made on all the adult helpers in the thousands of school classrooms and other groups where it has been made all over the world.

Please join with us! Please help us to bring these children to Jesus and Mary, who alone can bring the world the gift of peace.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is an international Catholic charity directly under the Holy See. Through three pillars – information, prayer and action – ACN helps Christians wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in need.

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