Children in Gozo to join a million others in praying for peace and unity

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Children in Gozo to join a million others in praying for peace and unityNext Wednesday, a million children around the world, including Gozitan and Maltese children, will pray the rosary in their homes and schools for world peace and unity.

The international charity Aid to Church in Need (ACN), is once again inviting all children in Gozo to join children from all over the world in this annual event to foster peace and understanding.

Last year children from 69 countries participated including 9,000 boys and girls from Gozo and Malta.

This year it is the celebration of the 100th anniversary since Our Lady appeared to three children – Lucia, Francisco and Gjacinta – at Fatima asking them to pray through the Rosary for peace in the world.

ACN Malta said that “at that time, the world was experiencing the global horrors of WW1. As we once again face the widespread risk of war from Korea to Iraq and the increasing threat of nuclear weapons, an initiative to pray for peace is more important than ever now.”

“Therefore we should encourage our children to say the Rosary on the 18th of October for Peace that the world needs so much.”

ACN Malta said, “let us together be the voice of Our Lady and help our children learn from a young age that by praying together we can establish justice and harmony in the world.”

ACN Malta is asking for the support of everyone, especially parents, grandparents, teachers, and youth leaders to spread the word and encourage children in their care to join others worldwide in praying the rosary for peace on Wednesday.

They can send a free rosary to all children who wish to take part. Please email your postal address and the number of rosaries required to

ACN Malta is the local office of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN ), an international Catholic organisation which primarily strives to help nurture the faith and well-being of persecuted and suffering Christians worldwide.

Founded in 1947 by Fr Werenfried van Straaten, whom St John Paul II named “An outstanding Apostle of Charity.”

ACN supports important projects undertaken by the local Church (bishops, priests, Sisters and lay people) in over 140 countries including Iraq and Syria.

These range from giving aid to refugees and building churches to providing essential transport for our field workers and even distributing copies of our Child’s Bible.

Photograph: Aid to the Church in Need


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