Oct. 8, 8:51 p.m. – THE FAMILY Rosary Crusade has launched a 200-day campaign for world peace, in line with its 60th anniversary, on campus today.

The campaign dubbed “A Million Roses for the World” aims to enlist one million Filipinos in the country and in all parts of the world to pray the rosary every day for 200 days.

Every rosary will be dedicated to one country starting with Angola on Monday, and ending with the Philippines on May 31 next year.

“We don’t just pray for general world peace; we pray for one nation a day with five different intentions each,” said Loudette Banson, chairperson of the campaign’s steering committee.

On November 11, the rosary will be prayed simultaneously at exactly 11 a.m. in all Catholic colleges and universities in the country.

The rosaries prayed will also have a target group every month: on December, prayers will be for mothers; in line with the feast of the Sto. Niño, prayers in the month of January will be offered for children; February for public servants; March for fathers; and April for prisoners and persons with disabilities. The campaign will end on May next year.

Banson said the movement chose to launch the campaign on campus because of the University’s religious history.

The event was attended by different Catholic groups, schools, foundations, and institutions in the country.

“The Rosary came to us through St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers. [UST is] holy ground for us,” Banson said, explaining the traditional Catholic belief that the Holy Rosary was personally given by the Virgin Mary to St. Dominic.

The Family Rosary Crusade is a worldwide movement that promotes the praying of the rosary by families.

The Dominican Order, the religious order that runs the University, is known for its devotion to the Holy Rosary. Diana Jean B. Evite


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