DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     July 7, 1999     vol. 10, no. 130

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8,000 Simultaneous Prayer Meetings in Over 100 Countries

          MEXICO CITY, JUL 5 (ZENIT).- The movement for the organization of World Rosary Day, to be held on October 30 of this year, is well underway. It is an initiative that, for the fourth consecutive year, will join more than 100 countries worldwide in simultaneous praying of the Rosary.

          The principal event will be held at 7 p.m. in Mexico City, where the original promotion group resides. At that time, some 8,000 Rosaries will begin simultaneously, bringing together people from all over the world. The actual venues where the Rosaries will be prayed are very varied, including sports stadiums, bullfighting rings, cathedrals, schools, prisons, hospitals, factories and offices.

          The organization of the event requires a representative in each place to coordinate activities. A public place of ample capacity is the second requirement. The local Bishop or parish priest must give his consent and support. All local religious and lay movements are invited. The event is promoted in all churches, parishes, schools, universities, civic centers, stadiums, hospitals, public offices, commercial centers, buses, etc. And, of course, it is also advertised in the media, including press, radio and television.

          The promoters of World Rosary Day recommend that the Rosary be prayed before the Blessed Sacrament. They also suggest that priests be available for the sacrament of confession, and that participants fast during the day. For nine days prior to World Rosary Day, the organizers suggest that the Marian Prayer be recited, either as individuals, in the family, or in groups.

          They presently have additional information only in Spanish at: http://www.churchforum.org/rosario. ZE99070508

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July 7, 1999       volume 10, no. 130


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