Rosary unites Catholic community around the world including at Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Gozo

The month of May is dedicated to the rosary and this year it has united the Catholic community around the world.

In the last week of this month, the rosary was celebrated virtually by Marian shrines around the world, including the Pinu Sanctuary in Gozo, who linked up to recite the rosary.

The devotion of paying homage to Our Lady during the month of May dates back centuries. Tradition indicates that when the Christian people faced great difficulties they turned to Our Lady for help.

It is said that devotion to the Virgin Mary had already begun well into the 13th Century. The month of May was already entirely dedicated to prayer to Our Lady but in 1965 Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical, identified the month of May as a particular period for prayer through the recitation of the rosary.

This was also the case this year internationally because Christians around the world were able to pray the rosary together with Pope Francis.

During this month the rosary was recited by Marian shrines from around the world, including Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe and Medjugorje.

Among these was the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu in Gozo from where the rosary was broadcast this week.

This year, through the rosary, the Pope, together with Christians around the world, called for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic that has killed millions of people around the world. .

The rosary at Ta’ Pinu was dedicated to educators, teachers and students who due to the pandemic experienced a complete change in the way they teach and learn.

Present for the recitation of the rosary prayer at Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary were Archbishop Charles Scicluna and the Bishop of Gozo Anton Teuma as well as the Minister of Education Justyne Caruana and a number of other people in who give their service in the field of education.

It was the Pontiff for the Promotion of Evangelization who promoted this initiative to unite the Catholic community in prayer through the prayer of the rosary.

Pope Francis has opened this chain of prayer from Marian places having significant importance in the Vatican.