Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray the rosary

The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the rosary in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis, marking the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary yesterday 7th October 2020, urged Catholics to pray the Marian prayer, especially amid the “looming threats to the world”, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In her apparitions, Our Lady often exhorted the recitation of the rosary, especially in the face of looming threats to the world,” he told Polish-speaking pilgrims. “Even today, in this time of the pandemic, it is necessary to hold the rosary in our hands and pray for us, our loved ones and all people,” he said.

The Holy Father in addressing Spanish-speaking pilgrims prayed that through the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Lord might make “our life, in the midst of this time of the pandemic, loving service to all our brothers and sisters, especially those who feel abandoned and unprotected.”

Greeting the Arabic-speaking faithful, he invited them to pray the rosary and carry it in their hands or pockets. The rosary, he explained, is the most beautiful prayer that we can offer to the Virgin Mary. “It is a contemplation of the stages of the life of Jesus the Saviour with his Mother Mary and it is a weapon that protects us from evil and temptation.”

Pope Francis again spoke about the rosary as a “contemplative prayer”, saying that, in meditating on the mysteries of salvation, “the loving face of God Himself, whom we are called to contemplate in eternity, is increasingly revealed to us.”

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on 7th October every year, the anniversary of the decisive victory of the combined fleet of the Holy League of 1571 over the invading Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto. Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day of the battle with the rosary.

Source: Vatican News

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