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Pope leads Rosary for peace at Rome shrine

Pope Francis blessed a woman’s rosary as he arrived to pray the Rosary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome May 1.

ROME — Pope Francis visited Rome's popular Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love to pray the Rosary for peace, especially in Syria.

The pope invited pilgrims in St. Peter's Square April 29 to join his prayers May 1 at the shrine and "to prolong for the whole month of May praying the Rosary for peace."

May is a month Catholics traditionally devote to Mary.

DEAR FATHER | Focused techniques enhance Rosary prayer experience

Once we get past the basic logistics of praying the Rosary and learn the order of the mysteries, we might ask: "OK, so now I am doing this. What am I supposed to be getting out of it?" To help, there are many aids to help us to pray the Rosary.

ROSARY CHALLENGE

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With the final month of the Fatima centenary celebration approaching, Father Anthony Gerber issued a challenge to his students at St. Theodore School in Flint Hill. Could they pray at least 225 Rosaries in just 13 days?

With 164 children in grades K through eighth, if each student prayed at least two Rosaries between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13 — the anniversary of the Blessed Mother's sixth and final apparition to three children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 — they would more than cover the goal. No problem whatsoever, said principal Kelly Cassinger.

Rosary Run called an opportunity to publicly display faith in the streets of St. Louis

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The early morning rain had given way to mostly sunshine and just a smattering of clouds over Downtown St. Louis.

"With all the predictions of rain, Our Lady has come through for us," remarked Father Brian Harrison as he stood in the parking lot of St. Mary of Victories Church, observing his surroundings.

Simple project takes ‘miraculous’ turn

Source: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

The project started simply enough, just a plan to revitalize the property at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville.

As part of facilities upgrades to celebrate their 200th anniversary in Perryville, the Vincentians would replace the straight-as-an-arrow sidewalk to create a meandering circuit and enhance accessibility to significant landmarks: the shrine in the church, Bishop Rosati's log cabin, the Vincentian cemetery and a grotto.

But as plans evolved, things started looking very familiar; the new walkway looked very much like ... a rosary.

DEAR FATHER | Focused techniques enhance Rosary prayer experience

Father John Mayo

Once we get past the basic logistics of praying the Rosary and learn the order of the mysteries, we might ask: "OK, so now I am doing this. What am I supposed to be getting out of it?" To help, there are many aids to help us to pray the Rosary.

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