The member of the Clergy of Kenya’s Kakamega Diocese also told ACI Africa that parents are being encouraged to join in the prayers to ensure that their children are safe when praying with others on Facebook.
The climax of the prayers, he said, will be Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated on October 18 when the children, through their parishes will give donations to their respective Parish Priests to help the mission of the Church across the globe.
Fr. Bonaventure further said that the children will join Pope Francis on October 7 in prayers on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary after which an official announcement will be made on the logistics of joining the rest of the world in the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” initiative.
Announcing the initiative in a communique shared with ACI Africa Thursday, October 1, ACN leadership said that the prayer initiative slated for October 18 is expected to bring together children from all parts of the world.
“Children from around 80 countries and on all continents will be participating. From Ghana to Syria to Papua New Guinea,” the ACN leadership says, adding that the organization has provided materials for the prayer campaign in 23 languages, including Arabic and several African languages.
“May this joint worldwide Rosary prayer initiative fill us all with new courage and confidence in God’s loving protection, which He wishes to bestow on us through His Holy Mother”, Fr. Martin M. Barta, Ecclesiastical Assistant of ACN International says in the statement shared with ACI Africa.
The leadership of the Catholic Pontifical organization notes that the year 2020 has provided a special context owing to the global threat to healthcare and economy and invites members of parishes, nurseries, schools and families to participate in the prayer initiative noting that “one million children praying the Rosary can change the world.”
In the communique sent to ACI Africa October 1, the President of ACN International, Mauro Cardinal Piacenza describes the challenges amid COVID-19 as “a crisis in which the entire world has been and continues to be exposed to.”
The pandemic is about “an invisible virus that has brought death to hundreds of thousands of people and devastating, and as yet unforeseeable, economic and social consequences. Our world is no longer the same world, and what was taken for granted until now will no longer be so,” Cardinal Piacenza says.
In a letter to children expected to take part in the prayer initiative, the ACN official said that in difficult situations like the one presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is very important to work together and help one another, without forgetting that “the biggest help of all comes from God.”