, 04 October, 2019 / 3:49 AM
As Catholics across the globe live through this special month of prayer and action called the Extraordinary Mission Month of October 2019 (EMMOCT2019), which Pope Francis declared, a network of 23 Catholic radio stations in Africa is set to broadcast live the “international rosary” slated to take place on the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, Monday, October 7 from Rome.
“Radios in at least 23 African countries will be connected and also Africans will be there (Rome) and many will follow through radios,” the Coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, Paolo Taffuri told ACI Africa.
“October this year is the Extraordinary Missionary month. Pope Francis wants us all Christians to be more vibrant as missionaries and to pray for the mission month,” he added.
A statement on the official website of EMMOCT2019 mentions the World Family of Radio Maria (WFRM), which runs the Marian stations as the organizer of the Monday event.
“The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Mission Societies have invited Radio Maria to organize this event, which is relevant worldwide since it will be broadcast live on radio and video,” the statement reads.
“Volunteers and Radio Maria staff members have been working for months to ensure the success of this event, which will be grateful for each of us, for our families and for the whole world,” reads the statement.
In Kenya, the Director of Radio Maria in Murang’a diocese, Fr. Lawrence Mbugua confirmed the preparedness of the station to broadcast the Monday event saying, “We have already received the link for the live broadcast so we are waiting for the day.”
“Radio Maria is a radio associated closely with Mother Mary, so it feels good when we are all connected to pray the rosary and Kenya being part of it, then we are also participating in the mission,” Fr. Mbugua told ACI Africa.
In a communique availed to ACI Africa Wednesday by the Editorial Office of WFRM in Italy, the organization confirmed that the rosary scheduled to start at 3.00 p.m. Rome time will be presided over by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni.
According to the communique, “This moment of prayer will be broadcast live on Radio Maria in more than 70 countries around the world … Up to 10 million people, therefore, will be praying the Rosary together,”
Among those who will pray the rosary live from St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome, the venue of the event, are an “estimated 4,000 people among them delegates from various Radio Maria stations in the world as well as volunteers from Radio Maria Italy.”
WFRM is the umbrella organization that encompasses 81 Radio Maria stations throughout the world. It deals with “founding, building, and developing each Radio Maria Association on every continent.”
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa