Pope Francis has asked Catholics to rediscover the “beauty of the prayer of the rosary” during the month of October.
Speaking on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Pope urged people to carry rosary beads with them in their pockets, adding that the rosary is “the most beautiful prayer we can offer to the Virgin Mary.”
“Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. I invite everyone to rediscover, especially during this month of October, the beauty of the prayer of the rosary, which has nourished the faith of the Christian people through the centuries,” Pope Francis said at the end of his weekly audience.
“I invite you to pray the rosary, and to carry it in your hands or in your pockets. The recitation of the rosary is the most beautiful prayer we can offer to the Virgin Mary; it is a contemplation on the stages of the life of Jesus the Saviour with his Mother Mary and is a weapon that protects us from evils and temptations,” he added.
The Virgin Mary has often urged the recitation of the rosary in her apparitions, particularly “in the face of the threats looming over the world,” Pope Francis said.
“Even today, in this time of pandemic, it is necessary to hold the rosary in our hands, praying for us, for our loved ones and for all people.”
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