Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries, gifts to console Syrian families (an ACN sponsored initiative)
by Tobias Lehner
ON THE FEAST of the Assumption, August 15, Pope Francis, during the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, blessed 6,000 rosaries destined for Syria. They will be given to Christians in Syria who have had relatives or family members abducted or murdered during the civil war. This is part of an ecumenical initiative by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in partnership with Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Syria.
“The rosaries, made at the initiative of ACN, are a sign of my closeness to our brothers and sisters in Syria,” Pope Francis said as part of his Angelus address, adding: “We continue to pray the Rosary for peace in the Middle East and around the world.” ACN arranged for the production of the rosaries in Bethlehem and Damascus.
The Holy Father and Thomas Heine-Geldern, the Executive President of ACN International presenting the Pope the rosaries. © Servizio Fotografico - Vaticano