Three years after the COVID-19 outbreak, the Vatican Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) One Million Children Praying the Rosary campaign resumes at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral of the Diocese of Pasig in the Philippines.
On October 18, 2023, at 9:00 a.m., students from Pasig Catholic College and seminarians from Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City led the simultaneous praying of the Holy Rosary for peace and unity.
Those who were unable to come to the cathedral were able to join the rosary via livestreaming.
ACN-Philippines President Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the cooperation of the Diocese of Pasig is important to further spread knowledge on the plight of persecuted Christians in different parts of the world.
The Archbishop emphasized the significance of collective prayer for the welfare of persecuted churches and Christians worldwide.
"Let's pray; let's work together; let's spread ACN to our brothers and sisters. Diocese of Pasig, I am very proud of you. I am very grateful for all that you do. God bless you not only in the Philippines but in the whole Church,” Villegas said.
Bishop of Pasig and Vice President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara DD., recognizes the importance of reciting the Holy Rosary, especially in light of recent troubling events.
"This will be something that we need at this time, knowing the situation in different parts of the globe in our world." Bishop Vergara's message.
The bishop also highlighted that the collective prayer of the Holy Rosary by the students from Pasig Catholic College also coincides with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Pasig as a diocese.
Aid to the Church in Need-Philippines (ACN) Administrator Rev. Fr. Jimmy Marquez, who is also the Procurator and Head Spiritual Director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City, expressed his gratitude to the Diocese of Pasig.
Speaking at an interview with the local Catholic radio station Radyo Veritas 846, Fr. Marquez said, “Isn't the message of our Blessed Virgin for peace and unity? Isn't that what she wants? If you want to be called the children of God, you promote peace."
According to reports from Aid to the Church in Need, the number of young people who participated in the One Million Children Praying the Rosary Campaign in 2022 reached 871,523.
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