World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 28 – March 13, 2011

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

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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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 Saint Irene of Thessolonica,  the Patron Saint of Peace, may come to the aid of those affected by the violent protests in Libya.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster (Violent Protests) (February 2011)Map of Libya Extract from Libya protests: 84 killed in growing unrest, says HRW: “The number of people killed in three days of protests in Libya has risen to 84, according to the New York-based group Human Rights Watch. The main focus of the demonstrations against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule has been the second city Benghazi, where security forces are said to have attacked protesters again on Saturday. . . . . State media have warned of retaliation if the unrest continues. Media restrictions make it difficult to verify reports independently but the BBC has confirmed that websites including Facebook and al-Jazeera Arabic were blocked. Security forces opened fire in Benghazi on Friday when protesters approached a compound used by Col Gaddafi when he visits the city, which is about 1,000 km (600 miles) from the capital Tripoli, eyewitnesses say. The city’s al-Jala hospital received the bodies of 35 people killed in the shooting, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) and media reports. In a statement on its website, HRW says there were demonstrations in at least four other eastern cities on Friday – al-Bayda, Ajdabiya, Zawiya, and Darnah – after security forces shot dead a number of protesters in the previous days.A senior hospital official told the group: ‘We put out a call to all the doctors in Benghazi to come to the hospital and for everyone to contribute blood because I’ve never seen anything like this before.'” See also:  Libya — The Protests (2011), More Than 200 Killed in Growing Libya Protests. VIDEOS:Gaddafi loses more Libyan cities, Protests in Libya, Gaddafi hits with deadly force, Can Gaddafi’s regime go on?

Saint Irene of Thessalonica (Patron of Peace) (Feast Dates: April 5)Extract fromIrene of Thessalonica: “Sister of Saint Agape and Saint Chionia. Convicted of possessing the Scriptures despite a prohibition issued in 303 by Emperor Diocletian, and of refusing food that had been offered to the gods. Following the martyrdom of her sisters, Irene was also ordered to deny the faith; she refused. She was sent to a house of prostitution, and when she was unmolested after being exposed naked and chained, she was executed. Martyr.’ See PICTURE of Saint Irene. See also: Agape, Chionia, and Irene (Multilingual), Irène de Thessalonique (Multilingual) Irene of Thessaloniki (EN), St. Irene (EN)Irene de Tesalónica, Santa (SP), Sant’ Irene di Salonicco Martire (IT), Sainte Irène (FR)

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. John Vianney, the Patron Saint of Parish Priests, who visited the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand, may come to the aid of those affected by by the Earthquake in that Region.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster (Earthquake) (February 22, 2011)Map of New Zealand Extract from New Zealand Starts Christchurch Curfew: “Rescuers picked through collapsed buildings after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc in New Zealand’s second-largest city, and officials said the death toll could rise into the hundreds as police imposed a curfew to prevent looting. Prime Minister John Key declared a state of emergency Wednesday and said police have confirmed 75 deaths, with 55 of those identified. The toll from Tuesday’s quake is expected to climb significantly as more bodies are found in the rubble, Mr. Key said, after a night when most of Christchurch went without electricity or running water. Christchurch’s international airport, which closed after the quake, reopened Wednesday morning. New Zealand Police said they had made six arrests in the central Christchurch area most affected by the earthquake and imposed a curfew in the area from 6:30 p.m. local time for “safety and security” reasons, according to a spokesman. More than 1,000 police and military personnel have converged on the city to search for survivors. ‘We have pulled people who have been trapped in the rubble for seven, eight, nine hours and they don’t have a scratch on them. We’ve had other people where we’ve had to amputate limbs,’ Russell Gibson, the police superintendent in charge of the rescue overnight, told local media. Mr. Gibson said rescuers are getting texts and hearing tapping from trapped people.” See also: Quake rocks New Zealand city, ‘Deaths’ after New Zealand quake.  VIDEOS: Deadly quake rocks New Zealand, topples buildings, At the site of New Zealand’s earthquakeDeaths confirmed as quake strikes New Zealand.

Saint John Mary Vianney (Patron Saint of Parish Priests, who visited the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand) (Feast Date: August 4) Extract from St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney: “Though he was of average intelligence and his masters never seem to have doubted his vocation, his knowledge was extremely limited, being confined to a little arithmetic, history, and geography, and he found learning, especially the study of Latin, excessively difficult. . . . On 13 August, 1815, he was ordained priest by Mgr. Simon, Bishop of Grenoble. His difficulties in making the preparatory studies seem to have been due to a lack of mental suppleness in dealing with theory as distinct from practice — a lack accounted for by the meagreness of his early schooling, the advanced age at which he began to study, the fact that he was not of more than average intelligence, and that he was far advanced in spiritual science and in the practice of virtue long before he came to study it in the abstract. . . . But the chief labour of the Curé d’Ars was the direction of souls. He had not been long at Ars when people began coming to him from other parishes, then from distant places, then from all parts of France, and finally from other countries. As early as 1835, his bishop forbade him to attend the annual retreats of the diocesan clergy because of ‘the souls awaiting him yonder’. During the last ten years of his life, he spent from sixteen to eighteen hours a day in the confessional. His advice was sought by bishops, priests, religious, young men and women in doubt as to their vocation, sinners, persons in all sorts of difficulties and the sick.”   See PICTURE of Saint John Vianney.See also: August 4 – Saint John Mary Vianney: Patron Saint of Parish Priests, who visited the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand (Multilingual), NOVENA In Honor Of Saint John Marie Vianney.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Patron Saint of Estonia, may console the loved ones of those who died in the orphanage fire in that country.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster (Orphanage Fire) (February 20, 2011) Map of Estonia Extract from Estonia orphanage fire kills 10 children: ” A fire raced through an orphanage for children with disabilities in western Estonia on Sunday, killing 10 of them, a rescue service spokesman said. There were 37 children and nine adults inside the wooden building when the fire started at 2:30 p.m. local time in the coastal town of Haapsalu, said Viktor Saaremets, a spokesman for the Western Estonia Rescue Services Center. ‘By the time rescue workers and firefighters arrived at the scene, three or four minutes later the building was completely in flames,’ he said. Ten children were killed and one adult was injured, Saaremets said. The others were taken to a nearby building and were not hurt, he said. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.” See also: Estonia blaze kills 10 children:  VIDEOS: A fire at an orphanage in Estonia kills 10, Estonia fire kills 10 children.

Saint Mary, Blessed Virgin (Patron Saint of Estonia)(SeeFeast Dates of the Blessed Virgin Mary)Extract from Mary the Blessed Virgen: “The Mother, of God, Mother of Jesus, wife of St. Joseph, and the greatest of all Christian saints. The Virgin Mother “was, after her Son, exalted by divine grace above all angels and men”.  Mary is venerated with a special cult, called by St. Thomas Aquinas, hyperdulia, as the highest of God’s creatures. The principal events of her life are celebrated as liturgical feasts of the universal Church. Mary’s life and role in the history of salvation is prefigured in the Old Testament, while the events of her life are recorded in the New Testament. Traditionally, she was declared the daughter of Sts. Joachim and Anne. Born in Jerusalem, Mary was presented in the Temple and took a vow of virginity. Living in Nazareth, Mary was visited by the archangel Gabriel, who announced to her that she would become the Mother of Jesus, by the Holy Spirit.” See PICTURES of the Blessed Virgin Mary. See also: Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Mary (mother of Jesus) (Multilingual), Marypages (Multilingual) The Mary Page (Multilingual), The Blessed Virgin Mary (EN)Blessed Virgin Mary (EN), Santisima virgen Maria (SP), Bienaventurada Virgen María (SP), Dogmi su Maria Santissima, Madre di Dio (IT), L’Immaculée Conception (FR), Najświętsza Maryja Panna Królowa(PO) VIDEOS:  Bob and Penny Lord discuss the Many Faces of Mary, MaryBlessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, Maria, Madre di Dio, Maria Santissima Madre di Dio 1 gennaio, Magnificat – Mina, Magnificat. PRAYERS and Devotions to Our Lady, PRAYERS to Saint Mary, the Mother of God, Feasts and Prayers ofThe Blessed Virgin Mary.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Bl. Elias del Socorro Nieves,  the Patron Saint of Mexico, may come to the aid of those affected by drug-related violence in Juarez, Mexico.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster (Drug-Related Violence) (February 18-20, 2011)Map of Mexico Extract from Even by Juarez Standards, a Deadly 72 Hours: “Fifty-three people were killed in a 72-hour span in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, making it one of the deadliest three-day periods in recent memory, state attorney general’s office spokesman Arturo Sandoval told CNN Sunday. Among the dead were four police officers from three different agencies, Sandoval said. ‘This is the worst violence we’ve seen this year,’ he said, referring to the three days from Thursday through Saturday. The bloodshed started on Thursday with 14 people killed, including a municipal police officer. Friday was the most violent day, leaving 20 people dead. A municipal police officer was killed by an assassin who belonged to a band of carjackers. Hours later, a state police investigator was executed on his drive home. On Saturday, a highway police officer was killed by a driver who confronted the patrolman after the officer gave him a ticket. The officer was shot 10 times at close range in the middle of the afternoon. In all, 19 people were killed that day in separate shootings throughout the city.” See also: Fifty-three dead in 3 days in Ciudad Juarez, official says, Mexican Drug Trafficking,Ciudad Juarez sees 40 killed in violent weekend. VIDEOS: Over 50 dead in Mexico gun battles, Juarez: “The Most Lethal Place on Earth“.

Blessed Elias del Socorro Nieves (Patron Saint of Mexico) (Feast Dates: March 10, October 11) Extract from October 11 – Blessed Elias del Socorro Nieves: “Marco Elias Nieves del Castillo was born in the Isle of San Pedro, Yuriria (Guananjuato, Mexico) on 21 September 1882. He was the son of Ramon and Rita, two humble and deeply religious farmers. Early on he showed a great desire to become a priest but circumstances in life prevented it. At the age of twelve, a case of tuberculosis put him at the door of death and months later his father died at the hands of highwaymen. It was necessary for Elias to abandon his studies in order to be able to earn some money with which he could contribute to the support of his family. . . . Once ordained to the priesthood in 1916, he practiced his ministry in different localities of Bajio until 1921 when he was named parochial vicar of La Cañada de Caracheo. . . In this obscure center of scarce economic resources, devoid of sanitary services, public schools, and electricity, the works of Padre Nieves were not limited to the spiritual assistance of his flock. Having known all too well from his youth the meaning of manual labor and impoverishment, he was not burdened by the privations of poverty which he dealt with by way of a generous spirit, a jovial disposition, and confidence in divine providence. . . . At the end of 1926 when persecutions of the Church broke out, despite his timid character, instead of obeying the government order to reside in the big urban centers, he established himself in a cave near the hill of La Gavia, assuring his faithful in this way of religious assistance, usually under the cover of night. . . . In the fourteen months during which that situation lasted, someone to administer the sacraments or celebrate daily Mass was never lacking. . . .This clandestine effort came to an end the morning he stumbled across a posse of soldiers, whose attention was caught by what could be made out under his white peasant’s cloak as the vestments he used during his nocturnal ministry. Once interrogated he declared his status as a priest, and was arrested along with two ranchmen, the Sierra brothers, who had offered to accompany the priest. . . . the captain, facing the troops, gave the order to execute the two companions of Padre Nieves. . . . the captain (then) addressed Padre Nieves, saying ‘Now it is your turn; let us see if dying is like saying Mass.’ To which the servant of God responded, ‘You have spoken the truth, because to die for our religion is a pleasing sacrifice to God.’ He requested a few moments to collect his thoughts, then gave over his watch to the captain, gave his blessing to the soldiers kneeling to receive it, and began to recite the creed while they prepared the guns for his execution. His last words were ‘Long live Christ the King.'” See PICTURE of Bl. Elias del Socorro Nieves. See more articles about Bl. Elias:  Blessed Elias del Socorro Nieves: Patron Saint of Mexico.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Walburga,  the Patron Saint of Mariners, may come to the aid of those affected by the boat tragedy in Viet Nam.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster (Boat Accident) (February 17, 2011)Map of Viet Nam Extract from Tourist boat sinks in Vietnam bay; 12 dead: “An overnight boat packed with sleeping tourists, including Americans, Australians and Britons, sank early Thursday in Vietnam’s scenic Ha Long Bay, killing 11 foreigners and their Vietnamese guide, officials said. Nine foreign tourists and six locals were rescued from the chilly water by other tour boats anchored nearby. They were rushed to a hospital as teams scoured the area for more survivors. Those rescued reported seeing a plank of the wooden live-aboard ship ripping away, followed by gushing water inundating the boat and quickly pulling it down around 5 a.m. near Titov island, said Vu Van Thin, chief administrator of Quang Ninh province. ‘Crew members tried to stop the water from coming in and alerted the tourists who were sleeping, but the water came in and the boat sank quickly,’ he said. ‘All of the 12 people who died were in the cabins.’. . . Twelve bodies have been found, including those of tourists from the U.S., Australia and Britain, said Ngo Van Hung, director of Ha Long Bay’s management board. The body of a Vietnamese tour guide was also recovered, and all of the dead have been sent to Bai Chay Hospital for identification. Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that one Japanese was among the dead. Giang Quoc Duy, deputy director of the hospital, said three foreign tourists, including men from the U.S. and France and a woman from Switzerland, were admitted to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.” See also: Tourist boat sinks in Vietnam, killing 12 people from 9 countries. VIDEOS: Vietnam boat sinking kills tourists, Divers search for Viet Nam boat tragedy victims.

Saint Walburga (Patron Saint of Mariners) (Feast Dates: February 25, May 1, October 12, September 24)Extract from St. Walburga: “St. Walburga was born in Devonshire England, around 710. She was the daughter of a West Saxon chieftain and the sister of St. Willibald and Winebald. . . . In 748, she was sent with St. Lioba to Germany to help St. Boniface in his missionary work. She spent two years at Bishofsheim, after which she became Abbess of the double monastery at Heidenheim founded by her brother Winebald. At the death of Winebald, St. Walburga was appointed Abbess of both monasteries by her brother Willibald, who was then Bishop of Eichstadt. . . . She was buried first at Heidenheim, but later her body was interred next to that of her brother, St. Winebald, at Eichstadt. For some reason an aromatic fluid with healing qualities began to flow (and still flows) from a fissure in a rock on which their tomb stands. Its healing powers were attributed to her, and the fluid became known as St. Walburga’s Oil. Was seen as a sign of her continuing intercession. The oil has always been collected and given to pilgrims. Healings attributed to St. Walburga’s intercession continue to be reported up to the present day.See PICTURE of Saint Walburga. See also: Saint Walburga: Patron Saint of Mariners and Against Famine, Saint Walpurga (Multilingual), Santa Walburga (SP) , Santa Valburga (Valpurga) Badessa di Heidenheim (IT), Sainte Walburge (FR), Św. Walburga (PO). VIDEO: History of St. Walburga Abbey. PRAYERS to St. Walburga, Mother’s PRAYER to St. Walburga.

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