Pray the Rosary, Pope urges


Vatican, Oct. 8, 2007 ( - At his Angelus audience on Sunday, October 7, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) encouraged Catholics to pray the Rosary "for peace in families, nations, and the entire world."

Noting that he was speaking on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Holy Father reminded the faithful in St. Peter's Square that in her apparitions, the Virgin Mary has "insistently recommended the daily recitation of the Rosary as a means of ending war."

The Pope went on to call attention to World Mission Sunday, which will be observed on October 21. The proclamation of the Gospel, the Pontiff said, is "the Church's principal service to mankind," since through that missionary activity the Church "offers the salvation of Christ to the men and women of our time." He suggested prayers, using the Rosary, for the success of mission work today.

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