History

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 of the women who were present also had a profound experience of the presence of Our Blessed Lady. One of them recalled a promise made by St Padre Pio, who once 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 influence. How powerful then is the prayer of the Rosary when 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 Exhortation 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, in the schools, kindergartens, hospitals or children‘s homes – to encourage and prepare these young people to pray the Rosary on 18 October, together with tens of thousands of other children throughout the world.

Over the years since then hundreds of thousands of children have joined in with this initiative, and we have received numerous moving testimonies from all over the world. They speak not only of the joy of the children which made such a profound impression on the adult helpers present, but also of how these helpers themselves were moved by grace and have begun to give the Rosary a permanent place in their own prayer life.

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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