Record Number of Children Pray Rosary

Responding to the appeal by Pope Francis, inviting all children to join in this initiative, youngsters from no fewer than 136 different countries and on every continent took part in the most recent annual event of “A million children praying the Rosary”, sponsored by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) which took place on 18 and 19 October this year. “This year’s involvement marks a historic record, ever since the beginning of the initiative in 2005”, stated Father Martin Barta, the spiritual assistant to ACN International.

According to information received by ACN, Poland and Mexico were the two countries in which the response to the initiative was the most widespread. They were followed by Slovakia, India, and the Philippines.

The central idea of the initiative is to pray for peace and unity throughout the world. This was the principal focus of the prayers of the children in Maiduguri, in northeast Nigeria, an area that has suffered greatly from the attacks by Boko Haram. As they prayed, the children held up their own messages and drawings, praying for an end to the violence and for all persecuted Christians. This was also the principal prayer of the 517 children who joined in from Armenia, a country that is engulfed in war at this very moment.

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Pope Meets New Envoy to Philippines

Archbishop Charles John Brown, the new papal ambassador to the Philippines, met Pope Francis as he prepares for his new mission, reported CBCP News.

Brown, a 61-year-old American theologian, was received by the pope during a private audience in the Vatican on October 23.

Present during the audience was Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples.

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US Secretary of State visits a site of Sri Lanka’s 2019 Easter bombings

CNA Staff, Oct 28, 2020 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- During a visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, one of the sites of the 2019 Easter bombings.

Pompeo laid a wreath at the shrine in Colombo Oct. 28.

Speaking to the press earlier in the day, he said that “it’s important for me to take a moment to go and visit the Shrine of St. Anthony, one of the five sites that was attacked by ISIS on Easter Sunday of 2019.”

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