World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 12 – 25, 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. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave, may help those affected by human trafficking in Somalia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Human Trafficking)Map of Somalia Extract from Somalia:  Human trafficking on the increase:  “Officials in Somalia’s self-declared independent state of Somaliland are concerned over a rise in human trafficking in the region. Children are mainly trafficked from south-central Somalia, because of the lack of government there.   For example, a young girl had been trafficked to Hargeisa in February from Qardho, in the autonomous northeast region of Puntland. ‘One day, my sister went to school as usual, but she disappeared. We searched for her everywhere but we didn’t find her. Finally, we heard from the media that she had been trafficked to Somaliland and by Allah’s mercy she was saved. We are happy to have her back,’ Najib Jama Abdi, the girl’s brother, said. . . IOM[ International Organization for Migration] defines trafficking in persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation includes the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. . . .”

St. Josephine Bakhita (Patron Saint of Sudan) (Feast Day: February 8, 2010) Extract from  There’s a move under way in Oregon to seek Vatican approval for a patron saint of human trafficking and slavery “St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave-turned-nun, is the ideal saint for people whose labor and bodies are being exploited”, says Brian Willis. He’s a member of St. Mary Cathedral in Portland who has worked for years to help women who have been forced into the sex trade.  Trafficking, despite the name, does not require the crossing of international borders. “You can be born and raised and live in the same house and be a trafficking victim…It is about exploitation.” Extract from St. Josephine Bakhita. At the age of nine Bakhita 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. Eventually Bakhita became a Cannosian Sister in Italy See picture of Saint Josephine Bakhita

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  Saint Emygdius,  the Patron Saint against Earthquakes, may come to the aid of those traumatized by the repeated earthquakes near Sumatra.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Earthquake) Map of Indonesia.  Extract from  Quake rocks Indonesian island:  “A magnitude 7.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, causing a few injuries and some damage, but no deaths. Twelve people were being treated in a hospital in Sinabang, with injuries caused by fallen electricity poles, roof tiles and shattered glass. On Simeulue island, at least six people were hospitalised, one with serious injuries, after their homes collapsed. Dozens of houses had collapsed or were damaged in Teupah Selatan village. . . .  ‘Rumours about a tsunami panicked villagers living near the beach,’ said Eddy Effendi, a Nias resident. Residents in Sibolga said the shaking lasted more than a minute and utility poles in the area were knocked down. . . . ” See video:  Major earthquake strikes Indonesia.  Earthquake in Pafdang – September 2009

Saint Emygdius (Patron Saint against Earthquakes) (Memorial:  August 5) Extract from Saint Emygdius: “His legend states that he was a pagan of Trier who became a Christian. He also converted many to Christianity. He was made a bishop by Pope Marcellus I (or Pope Marcellinus), and sent to Ascoli Piceno. On his way to Ascoli, Emydgius made more conversions, and performed a miracle where he made water gush out of a mountain after striking a cliff.  See also: August 5 – Saint Emygdius: Patron Saint against Earthquakes.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Faustina Kowalska,  the Saint of Divine Mercy, may come to the aid of those affected by the repeated terrorist bombings in Russia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Terrorist Bombings) Map of Russia Extract from The avenging black widows:  “When a suicide bomber detonates an explosive vest, the bomber’s chest and torso are blown to bits, but typically the head remains intact. That is why the Moscow police investigators who rushed to the scene of Monday’s Moscow Metro attacks suspected the two bombers were young women from Russia’s Caucasus Mountains because of their facial bone structure and brown skin. Within minutes Alexander Torshin, a powerful member of Russia’s Federation Council blamed the attacks on the “Black Widows.” They are are what Russian journalists call female Islamist suicide bombers who have participated in more than 30 attacks that have killed about 900 people in Russia since July 2001, when Khava Barayeva and Luisa Magomadova rammed their explosives packed truck into a Russian military headquarters building in the Chechen village of Alkhan Yurt.  The Black Widows are the creation of notorious Chechen rebel military commander Shamil Basayev.  Russian media members Speckhard and Akhmedova studied 47 Black Widows ranging in age from 15 to 38. The death of a brother, a father or the rape of a female relative at the hands of Russian soldiers had traumatized all of them. Some had been raped themselves. . .  .”  Read more: Moscow metro hit by deadly suicide bombingsMoscow Metro bombing: Why Chechens are suspected. See videos: Suicide bombers attack Moscow MetroMoscow attacks spark worldwide fears.

Saint Faustina Kowalska (Saint of Divine Mercy) (Feast Date:  October 5) Extract from Saint M. Faustina Kowalska:  “On February 22, 1931, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appeared to this simple nun, bringing with Him a wonderful message of Mercy for all mankind. Saint Faustina tells us in her diary under this date:  “In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing, the other was touching the garment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. In silence I gazed intently at the Lord; my soul was overwhelmed with fear, but also with great joy. After a while Jesus said to me, ‘paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the inscription: Jesus, I trust in You.'” See pictures of Saint Faustina KowalskaThe Life and Mission of Saint Faustina Kowalska, Apostle of the Divine Mercy and videos:  The Divine Mercy Prayer in Song, Divine Mercy Chaplet- 3 o’clock Prayer.   CTF/SOS DRS and Divine Mercy

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Patron Saint against Drug Addiction, may come to the aid of those affected by drug trafficking in Mexico. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Drug Trafficking) Map of Mexico.  Extract from Three people linked to US consulate in Mexico killed:Suspected drug cartel hit squads gunned down three people connected to the US consulate in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, a US official says. They include a consulate employee and her husband, both American, and the Mexican husband of another employee.  See also: Mexican Drug Trafficking, It’s a War and videos: Mexico vows to continue drug fight, Violence spreads in Mexico.

Saint (Maximilian Kolbe) (Patron Saint against Drug Addiction) (Feast Date: August 14) Extract from Saint Maximilian Kolbe:”Maximilian was imprisoned in Pawiak prison, Warsaw, Poland on 17 February 1941.On 28 May 1941 he was transferred to Auschwitz and branded as prisoner 16670. Maximilian ministered to other prisoners including conducting Mass, hearing confessions and delivering communion using smuggled bread and wine. . . .In July 1941 there was an escape from the camp. Camp protocol, designed to make the prisoners guard each other, required that ten men be slaughtered in retribution for each escaped prisoner. Francis Gajowniczek, a married man with young children was chosen to die for the escape. Maximilian volunteered to take his place, and died as he had always wished – in service.” See picture of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. See also: August 14 – Saint Maximilian Kolbe: Patron Saint of Families and against Drug AddictionPrayers to and by St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Bernadette of Lourdes,  the Patron Saint of Shepherds, may come to the aid of the nomadic herders affected by the freeze in Mongolia.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Dzud)Map of Mongolia. Extract from:  Struggling to survive Mongolia”s freezing winter: “In Mongolia, what aid agencies are calling a slowly unfolding disaster is underway as extreme cold continues to devastate nomadic herder communities. About 10% of the country’s livestock has perished and thousands of families have lost everything. Last summer a drought made life for the herders hard enough, but weeks of unbearably cold weather with temperatures dropping as low as minus 40C have brought real damage.  The government says more than four-and-a-half million livestock have died. Mongolians call this a dzud – a prolonged freeze after a summer drought that destroys the grazing areas. See also:  Red Cross Appeals for Mongolia Aid, In pictures: Mongolia’s Sever Winter, and video: Mongolia’s Big Freeze.


Saint Bernadette (Patron Saint of Shepherds and Shepherdesses) (Feast Date: April 16 [February 18 in France]).  Extract from Bernadette of Soubirous:  “As a young 14 year old girl, Bernadette Soubirous had 18 visions of the Blessed Lady in a grotto in the outskirts of Lourdes. Although doubted at the time, she was later canonised by the Catholic Church. “As I raised my head to look at the grotto, I saw a Lady dressed in white, wearing a white dress, a blue girdle and a yellow rose on each foot, the same color as the chain of her rosary; the beads of the rosary were white.’  Bernadette describes how initially she felt a bewilderment, but after a while she felt overcome with a great peace. . . .”  See photos of Bernadette and Lourdes,videos:The Life of St. Bernadette, St. Bernadette Soubirous (French.). and Prayers to St. Bernadette Soubirous.

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