Tzaneen, 24 March, 2022 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Tzaneen Diocese, Bishop João Noé Rodrigues, has directed members of the Clergy to spearhead the prayer of the Holy Rosary in their respective communities in solidarity with the “suffering of Eastern Europe”.
In a Tuesday, March 22 statement, the Bishop who chairs the Department for Catholic Social Action of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) says the initiative is in solidarity with Pope Francis ahead of the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25.
“I invite our Priests with community members to do a recitation of the Rosary for peace in our churches and homes in solidarity with the prayer of Pope Francis for the suffering people of Eastern Europe,” Bishop Rodrigues says.
The South African Catholic Bishop gives five prayer intentions to be observed for each decade of the prayer of the Holy Rosary.
For the first decade of the Holy Rosary prayer, he says, the Catholic community should “pray for the people of Ukraine who are suffering and living in fear because of the bombardments of their cities and homes that your Spirit of comfort may be with them.”