Pope Stresses Need to Pray Rosary for Peace

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 21, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II asked all Catholics worldwide to pray the rosary, a "privileged instrument for building peace."



With this appeal, the Pope concluded his Message for World Mission Sunday 2003, which will be observed Oct. 19. The message was published today.

"War and injustice have their origins in the 'divided' heart," he writes. "Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ -- and this is clearly the goal of the rosary -- learns the secret of peace and makes it his life's project."

"If the rosary keeps pace with the speed of our lives, it can become a privileged instrument for building peace in the hearts of persons, in families, and among peoples," the Pope adds.

"With Mary, we can obtain everything from her Son Jesus," the message says. "Supported by Mary, we will not hesitate to devote ourselves generously to taking the proclamation of the Good News to the ends of the earth."