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Pope Benedict XVI has stated that the Year of Faith is to be a worldwide moment of prayer. One way to fulfill this request is the promotion of the World Mission Rosary that was conceived in 1951 by the Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The World Mission Rosary unites people of the world in a spiritual communion and as Bishop Sheen said, the one who prays it will “embrace all continents, all people in prayer.”
Before praying the Angelus on Octctober 7, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that the traditional annual "supplication", in which thousands of faithful around the world participate, is taking place today at the Italian shrine of Pompei, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.
"As we too spiritually unite ourselves to that
choral invocation, I would like to invite everyone to cherish the Rosary
during the forthcoming Year of Faith. With the Rosary, in fact, we
allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, the model of faith, in meditating
upon the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to
assimilate the Gospel so that it can shape our lives. Therefore, in the
wake of my predecessors, and in particular Blessed John Paul II who ten
years ago gave us his Apostolic Letter 'Rosarium Virginis Mariae', I
invite people to pray the Rosary individually, in the family and in the
community, placing themselves in the school of Mary who leads us to
Christ, the living centre of our faith".
— from Vatican Information Service.
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