World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 26 – November 8, 2009

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary English Spanish Italian

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 Josephine Bakhita, the Patron Saint of Sudan, may come to the aid of those women who are victims of rape during wars in the Sudan, Congo and elsewhere. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Rape During War) Map of SudanExtract from Rape is being used as a weapon of war in Congo. During 12 years of conflict in the Congo the most significant victims are women and girls who ‘are shot from the inside’. A different form of terrorism is ravaging the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo – rape. According to United Nations estimates, over two hundred thousand women and children, some as young as 3 or old as 70, have been raped in 12 years of conflict. The conflict, however, has spawned a number of other problems for the people, particularly in rape and violence. Typically gang-raped, physically abused and mutilated, women and girls are afraid to work in the fields or gather firewood from the jungle – even in a group.

Saint Josephine Bakhita (Patron Saint of Sudan) Extract from St. Josephine Bakhita (Feast Date: Feb 8). Profile Bakhita was born to a locally important family in Olgossa, a village in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. Her father was the brother of a tribal chief. At the age of nine she was kidnapped by Arab slave traders and over the course of the next eight years was sold and resold five times in the markets of El Obeid and Khartoum. The trauma of her abduction caused her to forget her own name, and the name we know her by is a compound of the name given her by the slavers (bakhita, the Arabic word for lucky) and the Christian name she took in adulthood. She was also forcibly converted to Islam. Bakhita suffered much brutality during her captivity.  See picture of Saint Josephine Bakhita

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint Roch, the Patron Saint of Cholera, may come to the aid of those affected by the cholera epidemic in Papua New Guinea. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Cholera) Map of Papua New GuineaExtract from  Papua New Guinea – In the past two months nearly 300 people have died after epidemics in Morobe and neighboring provinces – with 190 of those deaths from cholera. Health authorities in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea have welcomed about $US 4 million in funding by the government to help stop the spread of cholera and other diseases. In the past two months nearly 300 people have died after epidemics in Morobe and neighboring provinces – with 190 of those deaths from cholera. Provincial Health Officer Doctor Likei Theo says the money will help with the long term fight against cholera and other diseases. “If we don’t improve those situations we are most likely to have more of these epidemics or outbreaks again, and if it comes it’s going to be worse than what we already have”.

Saint Roch (Patron Saint of Cholera)(Feast Date: August 16) Extract fromSt. RochProfileHe was orphaned when he was twenty. He went on pilgrimage to Rome and devoted himself to caring for the victims of a plague that was ravaging Italy. He became a victim himself at Piacenza but recovered and was reputed to have performed many miracles of healing. On his return to Montpellier, he was imprisoned for five years as a spy in pilgrim’s disguise when his uncle, who was governor, ordered him imprisoned (His uncle failed to recognize him, and Roch failed to identify himself.) Roch died in prison and was only then identified as the former governor’s son by a birthmark in the form of a cross on his chest. He is known as Rocco in Italy and Roque in Spain. See picture of Saint Roch

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady Queen of Peace (Our Lady of Medjugorje) in Bosnia, may come to the aid of those who have suffered as a result of the massacre in Srebrenica – Bosnia Herzegovina. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Massacre – Genocide Map of Bosnia and HerzegovinaExtract from Massacre in Srebrenica – 14 years laterSee Video About Massacre and Present Day Search for Justice The Srebrenica Massacre is also known as the Srebrenica Genocide, It refers to the July 1995 killing of more than 8,000 Bosnian men and boys, as well as the ethnic cleansing of 25,000-30,000 refugees in the area of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Medjugorje (Feast Dates of the  Blessed Virgin Mary)Extract from Our Lady of Međugorje Profile The Roman Catholic Church has declared that it cannot be affirmed that the reported apparitions are supernatural in character. A letter written by Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on March 23, 1996, reaffirms that official “pilgrimages to Medjugorje, understood as a place of authentic Marian apparitions, are not permitted to be organized either on the parish or on the diocesan level, because that would be in contradiction to what the Bishops of former Yugoslavian affirmed in their aforementioned declaration. And the fruits of pilgrimages to Medjugorje have been many – conversions, new vocations, healing, etc.  See the picture of Our Lady of Medjugorje See also: June 25 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Medjugorge: Patron Saint of PeaceJuly 9 – Saint Mary, Our Lady, Queen of Peace: Patron Saint of War and Civilian Victims

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico, where the swine flu started, may come to the aid of those affected in the US and elsewhere by this illness. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Swine Flu – Ongoing) Map of Mexico Extract from Swine Flu – Number of Cases in World WASHINGTON (Reuters) – World health officials have given up trying to count how many people have the H1N1 swine flu virus, saying the best they can do is estimate the spread of the “unstoppable” virus. In June Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declined even to hazard a guess, saying it was “more than a million.” Why not? “Most people who have respiratory illnesses don’t find out exactly what caused it. Even most people with influenza don’t know exactly which type of influenza caused their illness.” In fact, swine flu is often suspected when a patient’s instant in-office flu test comes up unreadable. On Saturday October 24, Barack Obama declared the swine flu a national emergency in the US

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patron Saint of Mexico) Extract from  Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Date: Dec. 12)  Profile Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) is a celebrated 16th-century icon of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The image, also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe represents a famous Marian apparition. According to the traditional account, the image appeared miraculously on the front of a simple peasant’s cloak. The image still exists; it is on display in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. See picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint Florian,  the Patron Saint of Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by floods in Andhra Pradesh and N. Karnataka, India. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Floods) Map of India Extract from India, around 900,000 children are in desperate need of clean water, medical care and food. Around 900,000 children are in desperate need of clean water, medical care and food after flash floods hit Andhra Pradesh in India earlier this month, warns Save the Children. The aid agency has been responding to the crisis since the floods began in early October, and they provide emergency relief to 15,000 children and 5000 families in the region. “Children are most vulnerable to this kind of emergency, particularly to easily preventable diseases such as diarrhea, one of the biggest killers of children in India.

Saint Florian (Patron Saint of Floods) (Feast Date: May 4) Extract from St. Florian: St. Florian commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on May 4th, was an officer of the Roman army, who occupied a high administrative post in Noricum, now part of Austria, and who suffered death for the Faith in the days of Diocletian. His legendary “Acts” state that he gave himself up at Lorch to the soldiers of Aquilinus, the governor, when they were rounding up the Christians, and after making a bold confession, he was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, set on fire, and finally thrown into the river Enns with a stone around his neck.  See the picture of Saint Florian

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