World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 15 – 28, 2010

“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

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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 St. Sebastian,  the Patron Saint of Contagious Diseases, may come to the aid of those affected by measles in South Africa.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Measles.) Map of South Africa.Extract from:SOUTH AFRICA: Measles outbreak spreading: “The cause of a measles outbreak sweeping South Africa has not as yet been determined, but initial suspicions point to religious objections and unfounded fears that immunizations against the disease increase the risk of autism in children. The National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD) said last week that the Western Cape had recorded the highest number of new measles cases, 82, bringing the total in the province to 447, although Gauteng Province remained worst affected, with 4,359 cases since the outbreak began almost a year ago. In other provinces KwaZulu-Natal recorded 631 cases, North West 563, and Eastern Cape 314. . . .  Measles cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children in developing countries annually.” See Video:  Measles Initiative.

Saint Sebastian (Patron Saint of Contagious Diseases) (Feast Date:  January 20). Extract from ST SEBASTIAN, M.—A.D. 283: “St. Sebastian, having sent so many martyrs to heaven before him, was himself impeached before the Emperor Diocletian, who. . . delivered him over to certain archers of Mauritania, to be shot to death. His body was covered with arrows, and he was left for dead. Irene, the widow of St. Castulus, going to bury him, found him still alive, and took him to her lodgings, where, by care, he recovered of his wounds, but refused to flee, and even placed himself one day by a staircase where the emperor was to pass, whom he first accosted, reproaching him for his unjust cruelties against the Christians. This freedom of speech, and from a person, too, whom he supposed to have been dead, greatly astonished the emperor. . . ” See picture of Saint Sebastian and Prayers to St. Sebastian.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. John Nepomucene,  the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in New South Whales.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Flooding) Map of AustraliaExtract from Hundreds call for help after flooding:  “EMERGENCY services are again on alert after responding to hundreds of calls for help across New South Wales overnight, with heavy rain causing flooding and several roof collapses. The State Emergency Service (SES) responded to 734 calls across the state last night, most in northern Sydney, spokeswoman Erin Pogmore said. Incidents included six flood rescues, five in Sydney and one in the central west town of Parkes, several roof collapses and a tree fall. . . .”

Saint John Nepomucene (Patron Saint against Floods) (Feast Date: May 16) Extract from Saint John Nepomucene: “Saint John Nepomucene was born in 1330, in answer to the prayer of his parents, who were poor folk of Nepomuc in Bohemia. In gratitude they consecrated him to God. His holy life as a priest led to his appointment as chaplain to the court of the Emperor Wenceslaus, where he converted many by his preaching and example. Among those who sought his advice was the virtuous empress, who suffered much from her husband’s unfounded jealousy. Saint John taught her to bear her cross with joy; but her piety only incensed the emperor, and he tried to extort an account of her confessions from the Saint. He threw Saint John into a dungeon but gained nothing; then, inviting him to his palace, he promised him riches if he would yield, and threatened death if he refused. The Saint was silent. He was racked and burnt with torches; but no words except the holy names of Jesus and Mary fell from his lips.” See picture of John of Nepomucene.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux,  the Patron Saint of Russia, may come to the aid of those affected by shootings in Ingushetia.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Shootings) Map of European Russia. Extract from Ingushetia shoot-out ‘kills 20’: “At least 20 insurgents have been killed in an operation by Russian security forces in the restive republic of Ingushetia, officials say. . . . ‘It was launched on a confirmed tip. A large base of [warlord Doku] Umarov’s men was spotted near the village of Arshty,’ said an FSB official said.  Russian forces have fought two wars against separatists in the mainly Muslim republic of Chechnya since 1994. The conflicts claimed more than 100,000 lives and left the region in ruins. . . .”

Saint Therese of Lisieux (Patron Saint of Russia.) (Memorial:  October 1) Extract from Saint Therese of Lisieux: “On Monday April 9, 1888 she entered Carmel. Sister Therese of the Child Jesus was happy with her lot, but everyday life in the Carmel had its problems, too: the clashes of communal life, the cold, the new diet and the difficulties of prayer (two hours of private prayer and 4 1/2 of liturgy). ‘I came to save souls and especially to pray for priests.’ – Therese, upon entering Carmel, From Saint Therese of Lisieux – From Lisieux to the Four Corners of the World – Editions du Signe Story of a Soul – John Clarke, O.C.D.” See pictures of Saint Therese of Lisieux, Slideshow, The Story of St. Therese of Lisieux, and video St Therese of Liseux at Westminster Cathedral.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Arthelais of Benvento, the Patron Saint of Kidnap Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by  human trafficking in Haiti.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (human trafficking) Map of Haiti. Extract from Traffickers targeting Haiti’s children, human organs, PM says: “Trafficking of children and human organs is occurring in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti, killed more than 150,000 people, and left many children orphans, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said . . .  ‘There is organ trafficking for children and other persons also, because they need all types of organs,’ Bellerive said in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.  He did not give specifics, but asked by Amanpour if there is trafficking of children, Bellerive said, ‘The reports I received say yes.’  Haiti is trying to locate displaced children and register them so they can either be reunited with other family members or put up for adoption, Bellerive said.”  See also:Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery – Haiti and video: Jolie fears for Haitian kids.

Saint Arthelais of Benvento (Patron Saint of Kidnap Victims) (Memorial:  March 3) Extract from Saint Arthelais of Benvento: “Daughter of Roman imperial proconsul Lucius and Aithuesa. The emperor Justinian desired her, but she had taken vows of holy chastity. Fled to Benevento, Italy where she stayed with her uncle Narses Patricius. En route she was kidnapped by highway men, but was miraculously freed after three days.”

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Thomas the Apostle,  the Patron Saint of Pakistan, may come to the aid of those affected by bombings in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Bombings) Map of Pakistan. Extract from: PAKISTAN: Security fears hamper bomb victims’ treatment. “KARACHI, 10 February 2010 (IRIN) – Many of those injured in bomb blasts this week in Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, are fearful of seeking treatment in the city’s biggest hospital – the scene of one of the blasts, according to hospital staff.  Thirty-five people were killed in two blasts on the same day, and injured survivors are still trickling into the accident and emergency department of the hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). . .  “There was mayhem out here when a suicide bomber hit the crowd of patients, those accompanying them, doctors, paramedics, volunteers and the ambulance teams bringing in people who were badly hurt. I received facial injuries myself, and all I could see was people lying still or screaming in pain with no one to help them,” Muhammad Javed, an ambulance driver, told IRIN.” See also Thousands attend funeral of Pakistan bomb victims and videos:Huge blast hits Pakistani Hospital Treating Bomb VictimsandHOSPITAL BOMB IN KARACHI PAKISTAN–REPORT–SKY NEWS.

Saint Thomas the Apostle (Patron Saint of Pakistan) (Feast Date: July 3)  See extract from Saint Thomas, Apostle: “St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas’ unwillingness to believe that the other Apostles had seen their risen Lord on the first Easter Sunday merited for him the title of “doubting Thomas.” Eight days later, on Christ’s second apparition, Thomas was gently rebuked for his scepticism and furnished with the evidence he had demanded – seeing in Christ’s hands the point of the nails and putting his fingers in the place of the nails and his hand into His side.”  See pictures of Saint Thomas,  and Prayer to St. Thomas the Apostle, July 3- Saint Thomas the Apostle: Patron Saint of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Construction Workers and People in Doubt.   (Multilingual).


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