MANILA - Filipino children were among one million children from at least 80 countries around the world who prayed the rosary for peace on Thursday.
The One Million Children Praying the Rosary Campaign is a prayer initiative of international pastoral non-profit Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to gather children from every continent to pray the rosary for world peace and mutual harmony among nations.
In the Philippines, ACN highlighted the campaign at the San Jose Academy in Navotas. It was streamed live on Facebook via the CBCP News page.
"Ngayong araw na ito, mahigit 80 countries ang nagdarasal ng rosaryo kasama ninyo. Maraming salamat dahil ipinagdasal ninyo ang kapayapaan at pagkakaisa sa mundo at sa ating bansa," said ACN Philippines National Director Jonathan Luciano.
(Today, [children from] more than 80 countries are praying the rosary with you. Thank you for praying for peace, global unity, and our country.)
In his opening remarks, Rev. Father Jeronimo Cruz, vicar general of the Diocese of Caloocan and school director of the San Jose Academy, said "our lives are similar to the rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mother."
"For our lives are linked together like the beads to form one beautiful rosary," he said.
And like the rosary, everyone experiences "joyful, luminous and sorrowful moments... But with great hope and trust in God's words, also the glorious mystery in heaven," he said.
Cruz said the inspiring photo of one million children praying the rosary and sharing whatever they have for those who have nothing in life "teaches us that peace and unity among peoples are possible only if we have the heart of a child."
He added that the prayer of a child's heart is a powerful force that can change the world.
"Jesus assured us that to such children belongs the Kingdom of God and unless we have the heart of a child, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven."