“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 St. Florian of Lorch, the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in Nigeria. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.
Disaster: Map of Nigeria Extract from: Nigeria floods kill dozens, wash hippos and crocodiles into homes: “Ravaging floods killed dozens in Nigeria and displaced tens of thousands of residents as crocodiles, hippos and other water animals washed into homes. The floods have left 148 people dead and affected 21 of the nation’s three dozens states, according to the local Red Cross. “Torrential downpours in recent weeks have caused widespread destruction and forced many families into makeshift camps,” the aid agency said on its website. ‘An estimated 134,000 people have now been affected by the floods and concern is growing about the spread of waterborne diseases.’The floods have affected a series of states, including Bayelsa and Benue. In Bayelsa state, an official said the area’s terrain has intensified the effects of the downpour. ‘It is like Florida … swampy with a lot of sea water mixed with fresh water because we are close to rivers and the Atlantic (ocean),’ said Tam Alazigha, the chief economic adviser for the state. ‘A lot of people have been displaced. Snakes, crocodiles and hippos have been displaced and are ending up in people’s homes. Everyone has been displaced.’ Alazigha said more rain is forecast and authorities are evacuating residents to shelters that have been set up in schools located on higher ground. ‘The bad part is … there is no relief yet,’ he said.” See also: Nigeria president calls floods a “national disaster”. VIDEOS: BBC News – Nigeria floods displace 100,000, Nigeria floods displace thousands.
Saint Florian: Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Date: May 4) Extract from Extract from: Saint Florian von Lorch: “Florian von Lorch was born around 250 AD and was martyred for his faith around 304 AD. . . . He converted to Christianity when it was still a minority religion. It is said that as a youth, Florian was able to put out a fire in a house through the power of his prayers alone. It is also said that he saved an entire city from flames with only a single bucket of water. .. At the beginning of the 4th century, during the persecution named for the Emperor Diocletian, Florian made a public profession of his Christian Faith and turned himself in to the local governor. Governor Aquilinus, wishing to make an example of the popular Fire Chief, ordered his execution by burning at the stake. Florian was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, and then prepared to be set on fire. After several attempts to light the kindling failed, the infuriated Aquilinus ordered a millstone tied to Florian’s neck and Florian thrown into the River Enns. A pious woman found the body of the Martyr Florian and returned it to dry land. .Eventually, his body was removed to an Augustinian Abbey near Linz, which became known as The Abbey Saint Florian. . . . Many miracles of healing were attributed to his intercession and he was invoked as a powerful protector when in danger from fire or water. . .” See PICTURE of St. Florian. See also: May 4 – Saint Florian: Patron Saint against Floods, Fires, Water Dangers, St. Florian Prayer.
Oceania (Blue Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi , the Patron Saint of the Sick, may come to the aid of those affected by neglected tropical diseases in Indonesia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.
Disaster: Neglected Tropical Diseases Map of Indonesia Extract from Indonesia’s poor threatened by neglected diseases: “Indonesia harbors nearly a third of the world’s neglected tropical diseases, despite there being cures for many of them, largely due to poor sanitation and unhealthy living, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. A report titled Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases, dated Oct. 14, showed that six of the 17 neglected tropical diseases in the world existed in Indonesia. They are rabies, dengue, endemic treponematoses, leprosy, elephantiasis and intestinal worms. In 2009 leprosy afflicted about 21,000 people in Indonesia. WHO director general Margaret Chan said in a speech to present the report that the diseases shared a striking commonality although they differed in medical causes and symptoms. ‘The neglected tropical diseases form a group because of one shared feature: All occur almost exclusively among very poor people living in tropical parts of the world,’ she said. Chan added that these diseases thrived ‘in impoverished settings, where housing is often substandard, safe water and sanitation are scarce, environments are filthy, and insects and other vectors are abundant’. The diseases, she added, caused physical and mental impairments including blindness, disfigurement and damage to the internal organs.” See also: Neglected tropical diseases still endemic in Indonesia, Dormant tropical diseases still a threat. VIDEOS: Study Says Neglected Tropical Infections Linked to Heart Disease, J&J’s Stoffels on Drug Makers, Tropical Diseases. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in Oceania.
Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi: Patron Saint of the Sick and against Sexual Temptation (Feast Date: May 25) Extract from St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi: “Mystical ecstasy is the elevation of the spirit to God in such a way that the person is aware of this union with God and both internal and external senses are detached from the sensible world. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi was so generously given this special gift of God that she is called the ‘ecstatic saint.’ She was born into a noble family in Florence in 1566. The normal course would have been for Catherine de Pazzi to have married wealth and enjoyed comfort, but she chose to follow her own path. . . . When 16, she entered the Carmelite convent in Florence because she could receive Communion daily there. . Catherine had taken the name Mary Magdalene and had been a novice for a year when she became critically ill. Death seemed near so her superiors let her make her profession of vows from a cot in the chapel in a private ceremony. Immediately after, she fell into an ecstasy that lasted about two hours. This was repeated after Communion on the following 40 mornings. These ecstasies were rich experiences of union with God and contained marvelous insights into divine truths. As a safeguard against deception and to preserve the revelations, her confessor asked Mary Magdalene to dictate her experiences to sister secretaries. . . . She read the thoughts of others and predicted future events. During her lifetime, she appeared to several persons in distant places and cured a number of sick people. It would be easy to dwell on the ecstasies and pretend that Mary Magdalene only had spiritual highs. This is far from true. . . .She had violent temptations and endured great physical suffering.” See PICTURE of Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi. See also: May 25 – Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi: Patron Saint of the Sick and against Sexual Temptation, Pardon PRAYER of St. Mary Magdalene dei Pazzi.
Europe (White Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Columbanus, the Patron Saint against Floods, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in Dagestan, Russia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.
Disaster: Map of Russia Extract from Floods kill seven in Russia’s Dagestan region: “Heavy rains caused flooding that killed seven people in the southern Russian province of Dagestan on Wednesday, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. About 320 homes in the Caspian Sea coastal city of Derbent close to the Caucasus Mountains were flooded and seven bodies were found, the ministry said. A flash flood killed 171 people in August in the Caucasus in the Krasnodar region town of Krymsk, where residents said they had no warning of the danger. President Vladimir Putin visited the area and several local officials were sacked and detained. In Derbent, warnings were issued from loudspeakers at mosques and mounted on cars dispatched around the city in the mostly Muslim province, Ekho Moskvy radio reported.” See also: 7 dead in Dagestan flooding, Flooding in Dagestan, Russia kills 7. VIDEO: Seven people killed in Dagestan flooding.
Saint Columbanus: Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Date: November 23) Extract from Saint Columbanus: “Well-born, handsome and educated, Columbanus was torn between a desire for God and easy access to the pleasures of the world. Acting on advice of a holy anchoress, he decided to withdraw from the world. His family opposed the choice, his mother going so far as to block the door. He was a monk at Lough Erne. He studied Scripture extensively, and wrote a commentary on the Psalms. He was a monk at Bangor under abbot Saint Comgall. In middle age, Columbanus felt a call to missionary life. With twelve companions (Saint Attala, Columbanus the Younger, Cummain, Domgal, Eogain, Eunan, Saint Gall, Gurgano, Libran, Lua, Sigisbert and Waldoleno), he travelled to Scotland, England, and then to France in 585. The area, though nominally Christian, had fallen far from the faith, but was ready for missionaries, and they had some success. They were warmly greeted at the court of Gontram, and king of Burgundy invited the band to stay. They chose the half-ruined Roman fortress of Annegray in the Vosges Mountains for their new home with Columbanus as their abbot.. . . “ See picture of St. Columbanus. See also: November 23 – St. Columban: Patron Saint against Floods, A prayer of St. Columbanus.
America (Red Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre, the Patron Saint of Cuba, may come to the aid of those affected by the sinking of a Cuban refugee raft near Cancun, Mexico. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.
Disaster: Sinking of Refugee Raft Map of Mexico Extract from Cuban refugees die near Mexico: “An improvised raft carrying 23 Cuban refugees has sunk as it approached a Mexican island near the popular resort of Cancun. Two people have died and 11 are missing and presumed dead. Survivors told Mexican media that their home-made raft sank as it hit the reefs surrounding Isla Mujeres on Friday morning. The refugees said they headed for Mexico in the hope of joining relatives in the United States. The accident happened some 150 metres (140 yards) off Isla Mujeres, in an area known for its strong currents, the Mexican Navy said. Cancun is one of Mexico’s best known holiday destinations Ten Cuban refugees managed to swim to safety. But they said the others were taken away by the currents or fatally injured as they were pushed towards the rocks by the big waves. “One of them head a head injury and died on the beach. The other one, a woman, was taken to hospital but also died of her injuries,” said a Navy official, Ismael Gonzalez Gil. . . . The survivors said group’s intention was to reach the Mexican coast, which lies some 220km (140 miles) west of Cuba, and eventually cross the border into the United States.” See also: Raft with Cuban refugees sinks near Cancun. VIDEO: Cuban refugees raft sinks near Cancun, Mexico, killing two.
Saint Mary, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre: Patron Saint of Cuba (Feast Date September 8) Extract from Extract from Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre: “A statue of Our Lady with a miraculous origin. It stands about 16 inches high. The head is made of baked clay covered with a polished coat of fine white powder, possibly rice paste, and until recently was covered with several layers of paint. She stands on a moon that has silver clouds at either end and three golden-winged cherubs beneath it. She cradles the Christ Child in her left arm, and holds a gold crucifix in her right. The Child raises one hand in blessing, and in the other hand he holds a golden globe. Around 1608 two brothers found a small white bundle floated across the water toward them. It turned out to be the statue of Our Lady. It was attached to a board, was completely dry, and bore the inscription I am the Virgin of Charity. A shrine was built immediately, and instantly became a pilgrimage destination. At the request of the veterans of the War of Independence, Our Lady of Charity was declared the patroness of Cuba by Pope Benedict XV in 1916. Then image was solemnly crowned in the Eucharistic Congress at Santiago de Cuba in 1936. Pope Paul VI raised her sanctuary to a basilica in 1977. Pope John Paul II solemnly crowned her again in 1998.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Charity of el Cobre. See also: September 8 – St. Mary, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre: Patron Saint of Cuba. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Anastasia, the Patron Saint against Poisoning, may come to the aid of those affected by the toxic hydrofluoric acid vapor leak in South Korea. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster: Toxic Hydrofluoric Acid Vapor Leak Map of South Korea Extract from Toxic leak in South Korea sickens thousands: “Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — October is supposed to be the busiest month of the year for Lim Chae-ho’s vineyards and rice fields in the southern part of South Korea. In a normal year, the 50-year-old farmer would be in the midst of harvesting the crops he had spent months cultivating. But a toxic leak from an explosion at a chemical plant in the nearby city of Gumi two weeks ago has left him empty handed. ‘Grapes and rice crops are withered and cannot be sold,’ Lim said over the phone. ‘All our neighbors are affected,’ he said. ‘My neighbor’s 60 cows are drooling and their noses are running with snot and blood. They are refusing to eat.’ Thousands of people in the area have been affected by the blast at the chemical factory on September 27, which killed 5 people and injured 18 others at the time. The exact cause of the explosion, which involved 8 tons of hydrofluoric acid, is still being investigated, according to authorities. But the blast spread toxic vapor from the acid — which is used for tasks like metal cleaning and rust removal — across the surrounding area. In the ensuing days, about 3,200 people have visited hospitals seeking treatment for ailments related to the leak, the city government said Sunday.” See also: S Korea calls toxic leak area ‘disaster zone’, 3 000 treated after Korea toxic gas leak. VIDEO: South Korean Toxic Leak A “Special Disaster Zone”. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan.
Saint Anastasia: Patron Saint against Poisoning (Feast Date: December 25) Extract fromExtract from Saint Anastasia: “St. Anastasia, inflamed with the love of God, occupied her time in consoling and succoring the Christians, particularly those who were in prison, who she exhorted to suffer for the faith. Having heard of the arrest of St. Chrysogonus, she hurried to his prison, and esteemed herself fortunate in having it in her power to be of service to him in this trial. . . . St. Chrysogonus, by order of Diocletian on Nov. 24 in the year 303, was beheaded, but St. Anastasia continued her mission to the prisoners. . . . . Florus, . . . caused the saint to be shut up in prison, with the intention of starving her; but the Lord miraculously preserved her life. Florus transferred her to another prison thinking the jailer had transgressed his orders to starve her – but she continued to live without food. Florus then ordered her to be put on board a ship with 120 idolaters – the ship was bored with holes and was supposed to sink. The ship soon filled with water, but instead of sinking went ashore; and the miracle worked the conversion of all these persons, who afterwards had the glory of suffering martyrdom for Jesus Christ. St. Anastasia was then conducted to the island of Palmarola, under sentence of death; she consummated her triumph in the flames.” See Pictures of St. Anastasia. See also December 25 – Saint Anastasia, Healer from Poison, Prayer to St. Anastasia.