World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 25 – November 7, 2010
“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Africa (Green Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Gratus of Aosta, the Patron Saint against Rain, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in Benin. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster (Floods) Map of Benin. Extract from Benin floods kill 43, make 98,000 homeless: “Flooding in the West African nation of Benin has killed 43 people and left nearly 100,000 homeless, a UN official says, citing numbers collected since the beginning of October. . . . ‘The deaths were caused by either drowning or the collapse of homes.’ He also said 97,815 people were homeless, while nearly 360,000 were affected and more than 55,000 homes were destroyed. Nearly two-thirds of the nation were hit by flooding, a UN statement said. The humanitarian situation was ‘becoming increasingly worrying’, it said, with the country in need of emergency shelter, food and clean water. ‘Out of the country’s 77 communes, 42 are completely inundated,’ said Jadjombaye. A cholera outbreak has added to the misery, with 800 cases counted across Benin, including seven deaths, he said.” See also: Floods in Benin kill 43 people. VIDEOS: Benin floods 2010, Floods in Benin city textilemill road, and Heavy Downpour Causes Flood in Benin city.
Saint Gratus of Aosta (Patron Saint against Rain) (Feast Date: September 7) Extract from Gratus_of_Aosta (Multilingual): “Gratus was said to have been born into a noble Spartan family. He studied at Athens and became a monk. In order to escape the persecutions in the East, he fled to Rome, . . . A vision experienced at Pantheon sent him to Aosta. He converted many pagans there and Charlemagne aided him in his mission. By divine command, he was then sent to the Holy Land to find the head of Saint John the Baptist. For this reason, Gratus is sometimes depicted with John the Baptist’s head in iconography. . . . Gratus found the relic concealed in the palace of Herod. Smuggling it out of Jerusalem, Gratus returned to Rome, where churchbells played on their own accord in celebration. Gratus presented John’s head to the Pope; in doing so, the jawbone remained in Gratus’ hand. This was interpreted as a sign, and the Pope allowed him to carry that precious relic back to Aosta.” .See PICTURE of St. Gratus of Aosta. See also Saint Gratus of Aosta (En), San Grato de Aosta (Sp), San Grato di Aosta Vescovo (It). Video: 7 settembre San Grato di Aosta vescovo.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Vivian, the Patron Saint of Torture Victims, may come to the aid of those subjected to torture in Papua New Guinea. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster (Torture) Map of Papua New Guinea Extract from Indonesia investigates police ‘torture footage‘: “Indonesian police are investigating whether or not a video allegedly showing Indonesian soldiers torturing indigenous Papuans is authentic. A Hong Kong-based human rights group has uploaded the graphic video on its website, and it was filmed recently. . . .The grainy and badly shot footage shows men dressed in what appear to be military uniforms, kicking and abusing indigenous Papuan villagers. The men are seen interrogating the villagers, and accusing them of having links to rebel groups and separatists. The graphic video was uploaded on the website of the Asian Human Rights Commission. The second part of the video shows a Papuan man tied up on the ground, being tortured by a group of unidentifiable men. A man holds a knife to the victim’s neck as he is repeatedly kicked and questioned. The video momentarily shows his genitals being scorched with a burning stick. But the rest of the footage is edited out because, according to a statement on the website, the images are too disturbing.” See also: Rights group says video shows Indonesia torture. See video: Shock over Indonesia torture video.
Saint Vibiana (Patron Saint of Torture Victims) (Feast Date: December 2) Extract from Saint Bibiana: “Her parents, Saint Flavian of Acquapendente and Dafrosa of Acquapendente, were martyred in the persecution of Julian the Apostate, and Vivian and her sister Demetria were turned over to a woman named Rufina who tried to force her into prostitution. Upon her continued refusal, Vivian was imprisoned in a mad house, then flogged to death. A church was built over her grave, in the garden of which grew an herb that cured headache and epilepsy. This and her time spent with the mentally ill led to her areas of patronage.” See PICTURE of Saint Vivian. Articles: .Saint Bibiana (multilingual), Saint Vibiana (EN), Vida y milagros de Santa Bibiana,(SP), Santa Bibiana (Viviana) Martire (IT), Sainte Bibiane (FR), A PRAYER to Saint Vivian.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Alexius of Rome, the Patron Saint of Travellers, may come to the aid of those affected by road accidents in Eastern Europe. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster (Road Crashes) (October 12, 2010) Map of Poland, Map of Ukraine. Extract from Head-on crash between van, lorry kills 18 in Poland: “Eighteen people died in a head-on collision in central Poland on Tuesday when a van carrying seasonal apple pickers veered into the opposite carriageway in heavy morning fog and hit a lorry. Police said 16 of the 18 people in the van died at the scene of the accident near Nowe Miasto nad Pilica, 80 km south of Warsaw. . . . Two others died after being transported to a nearby hospital. . . . ‘I can’t recall such a tragic accident on Polish roads,’ Andrzej Matejuk, the head of Poland’s police, told reporters at the site of the accident. ‘The vehicle was meant for transportation and had only six seats for passengers.’ Extrract from: Train and bus collide in Ukraine, 43 killed: “At least 43 people were killed on Tuesday when a goods locomotive hit a commuter bus at a railway crossing in Ukraine — the worst road traffic accident since the former Soviet republic gained independence. . . .See also: Poland road crash near Warsaw leaves 18 dead, Vatican Seeks to Address Road Accident Deaths, Video: 43 dead in Ukraine after collision between bus and train, , WYPADEK BUSA Z CIEZAROWKA NOWE MIASTO NAD PILICA…TRAGIC ACCIDENT IN POLAND.
Saint Alexius of Rome (Patron Saint of Travellers) (Feast Date: July 17)Extract from Saint Alexius of Rome:”The only son of a wealthy Christian Roman senator. The young man wanted to devote himself to God, but his parents arranged a marriage for him. On his wedding day his fiancee agreed to release him and let him follow his vocation. He fled his parent’s home disguised as a beggar, and lived near a church in Syria. A vision of Our Lady at the church pointed him out as exceptionally holy, calling him the “Man of God”. This drew attention to him, which caused him to return to Rome, Italy where he would not be known. He came as a beggar to his own home. His parents did not recognize him, but were kind to all the poor, and let him stay there. Alexis lived for seventeen years in a corner under the stairs, praying, and teaching catechism to small children. At his death an unseen voice was heard to proclaim him ‘The Man of God’, and afterwards his family found a note on his body which told them who he was and how he had lived his life of penance from the day of his wedding until then, for the love of God”. See PICTURE of Saint Alexis. See also: July 17- Saint Alexius of Rome: Patron Saint of Travelers, Alexius of Rome (multilingual).
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Ursula, the Patron Saint for a Holy Death, may come to the aid of those killed by flash floods in Haiti. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster (Flash Floods)(October, 2010) Map of Haiti Extract from Rain, flash floods kill 10 in Haiti: “A sudden, unexpected rainstorm has killed 10 people, including three children, in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, a United Nations spokeswoman said Tuesday. Eight people, including the three children, in Leogane died due to landslides and rapidly moving water stirred by heavy rains this weekend, said Stephanie Bunker with the U.N. Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs. Another two people were killed in the capital of Port-au-Prince, where two others remain missing. In addition, the storm took a toll on homes, infrastructure and lives in Carrefour. ‘The problem is that every time there is a storm in Haiti, you see people affected even if there’s not an earthquake (or a major tropical event) because of deforestation and congestion,’ Bunker said. Civil protection authorities have been called into Leogane, where at least 4,000 people were affected and 270 homes were flooded by the storm. All around the region, the United Nations said there is a significant need for potable water, food and hygiene kits.” See also: Floods kill 10 people in Haiti, three missing Video: Haiti floods kill villagers in Fontamara Haiti floods kill villagers in Fontamara.
Saint Ursula (Patron Saint for a Holy Death) (Feast Date: October 21). Extract from SAINT URSULA and her COMPANIONS: Virgins and Martyrs at Cologne (†383): ”Saint Ursula was born in Great Britain of Christian parents; her father, Maurus, was king of Cornubia in Scotland. Ursula was sought in marriage by a young pagan prince, but had already vowed her life and her heart to Jesus Christ. In the year 383 she was boarded onto a boat with a large number of young girls and Christian women whom a Roman conqueror wished to give as wives to his soldiers, after having endowed them with rich terrains. But during the crossing of the Channel a storm arose, and the ships, instead of reaching western Gaul, were driven towards the mouth of the Rhine. The Huns who at that time were ravaging Europe saw the ships, and were making ready to pillage them and inflict on these virgins and women a dishonor more dreaded by them than death. Commanded by Ursula, they resisted heroically and so well that suddenly the sentiments of the barbarians changed. They took up their arms to be rid of this peaceful army. Soon the victims fell under the blows of the executioners, and their souls winged their way to heaven. The prince of the Huns, struck by Ursula’s beauty, spared her at first; he tried to console her for the death of her companions and promised to marry her. When she did not assent he shot her with an arrow, and this consecrated virgin fell with the others.”See PICTURE of Saint Ursula. See also: Saint Ursula (Multi-lingual), Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins (EN), Saint Ursula,(EN), Úrsula y compañeras, Santa (SP),Sant’ Orsola e compagne Martiri (IT), La légende de sainte Ursule et des Onze Mille Vierges (FR), Św. Urszula męczennica (PO). Video: Saint Ursula (October 21), PRAYER for the Feast of Saint Ursula and Companion Virgin Martyrs.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Clare of Assisi, the Patron Saint for Good Weather, may come to the aid of those affected by Typhoon Megi in the Philippines. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Typhoon Megi)(October 18, 2010) Map of Philippines Extract from Typhoon Megi lashes Philippines: “Typhoon Megi, which some forecasters have called a “super typhoon,” had sustained winds of 225 km/h and gusts of 260 km/h as it made landfall at Palanan Bay in northeastern Isabela province, The Associated Press reported. ‘Thousand of homes were evacuated and even though the storm is weakening, it will continue to bring flooding rains and mudslides as it tracks west across land,’ said CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe. At least three people were killed and six were injured as a result of the typhoon, local officials said. Megi is the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines in four years, government forecasters said.” Articles: Megi – By Any Name, a Monster, Typhoon Megi Kills 13 in Philippines, Moves On, and Super typhoon Megi slams into Philippines. Videos: Super typhoon Megi hits Philippines, Super Typhoon Megi hits northern Philippines and Philippines counts cost as China prepares for typhoon.
Saint Clare of Assisi (Patron Saint for Good Weather) (Feast Date: August 11, September 23, October 3) Extract from Clare of Assisi: “After hearing Saint Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, Clare confided to him her desire to live for God, and the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday in 1212, her bishop presented Clare with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign. With her cousin Pacifica, Clare ran away from her mother’s palace during the night to enter religious life. She eventually took the veil from Saint Francis at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi, Italy. Clare founded the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano, and led it for 40 years. Everywhere the Franciscans established themselves throughout Europe, there also went the Poor Clares, depending solely on alms, forced to have complete faith on God to provide through people; this lack of land-based revenues was a new idea at the time. Clare’s mother and sisters later joined the order, and there are still thousands of members living lives of silence and prayer. Clare loved music and well-composed sermons. She was humble, merciful, charming, optimistic, chivalrous, and every day she meditated on the Passion of Jesus. She would get up late at night to tuck in her sisters who’d kicked off their blankets. When she learned of the Franciscan martyrs in Morrocco in 1221, she tried to go there to give her own life for God, but was restrained. Once when her convent was about to be attacked, she displayed the Sacrament in a monstrace at the convent gates, and prayed before it; the attackers left, the house was saved, and the image of her holding a monstrance became one of her emblems.” See PICTURES of Saint Clare of Assisi. See also: August 11, September 23, October 3 – Saint Clare of Assisi: Patron Saint for Good Weather (Multilingual), PRAYERS to Saint Clare of Assisi.