Monday, 15 October 2018 15:52

Marawi children among “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign


The Aid to Church in Need Philippines launched the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign on Monday, October 15.

Among the children who will be joining the worldwide campaign in reciting the Holy Rosary on Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. are the Marawi children from the Philippines who are victims of war and persecution.

In the Philippines, there are 1,293 parishes, 777 schools, and 41 dioceses who commit to participate in this year’s campaign and is in partnership with the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

From left, ACN Philippines National Director Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines’ Chief Operating Officer Amb. Henrietta de Villa and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan are the panelists during the launching of the "One Million Children Praying the Rosary" Campaign on October 15. (Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring)

The highlight of the celebration will be at the San Jose Academy in Navotas (Diocese of Kalookan) where the orphans of EJK victims who are scholars of the diocese in the said school will lead in the praying of the rosary.

Aside from the Marawi children, joining the prayer campaign via video are selected children from Syria (Aleppo), Korea (Seoul), Australia, and a special group of children from San Jose Academy.

According to Jonathan Luciano, ACN Philippines’ National Director, they did not only focus on the prayer component of this year’s campaign.

“When you pray the rosary, dapat merong charity na kasama. The rosary itself is a prayer of peace and it is also an act of charity to others,” Luciano said quoting Pope John Paul II during a press conference held on October. 15.

Luciano added that the campaign advances its cause to a more concrete expression of solidarity through the “One Peso Solidarity Project”. The project encourages children to donate a portion of their allowance dedicated to projects that would help other children in the different world especially those who are undergoing extreme depression, discrimination, and are persecuted in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

The one million children who will join in the praying the rosary will sign their names in a Friendship and Solidarity Form and will be encouraged to donate ONE PESO (1.00) as a token of solidarity and support to the suffering children across the world.

The “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” initially started in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas in 2005.

ACN is the charity arm of the Holy Father founded in 1947. Through its three pillars: information, prayer, and action, ACN helps Christians who are persecuted and oppressed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

ACN is the charity arm of the Holy Father founded in 1947. Through its three pillars: information, prayer, and action, ACN helps Christians who are persecuted and oppressed. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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