By Christina Hermoso
Filipino children from different parts of the country are set to take part in the worldwide campaign to pray the rosary for peace and unity on October 18.
According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), more than 1,200 parishes and 700 Catholic schools from 41 dioceses have confirmed their participation in the One Million Children Praying the Rosary campaign organized by the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
Activities will be held at 9 a.m. through the initiative of the dioceses and religious communities all over the country. Also joining the prayer video are selected children from Syria, Korea, Australia, and Marawi City in Mindanao.
ACN Philippines will highlight the celebration at the San Jose Academy in Navotas and will be led by children orphaned by the government’s war on drugs who are scholars of the Diocese of Kalookan.
“The Lord listens to the children and their prayers are very powerful. The rosary is really a power tool for peace,” said Kalookan Bishop Pablo David, in a CBCP News post.
The Diocese of Kalookan is actively helping form support groups and in raising funds for the widows and children left behind by fathers killed in the drug war. The diocese also provides assistance, through counseling and material support, to bereaved families.
ACN Philippines national director Jonathan Luciano said, one of the highlights of the campaign is the “concrete expression of support by Filipino children to other children in countries where Christians are persecuted. The Filipino children will offer a portion of their allowance to the kids in Iraq, Syria and Africa. Their donations will be used for projects that would help children in persecuted Christian communities,” Luciano said.
The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign was initiated in 2005 in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 2006, the ACN has been doing the campaign on a global scale.