Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - Prayer to Mary moves mountains; the "impossible causes" are entrusted to the Mother of God through the prayers of the Rosary, recited in community. With this certainty of faith, the Catholics of the archdiocese of Seoul in October, the month o the Rosary, dedicate time evvery day to pray intensely for peace in Ukraine and the Korean peninsula, in particular asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima who - as one note of the Archdiocese of Seoul - "wanted all the faithful to pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world".
In this month dedicated to the prayer of the Rosary, the Korean Archdiocese celebrated a Holy Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13 in the Seosomun Shrine in the presence of about 800 faithful, on the occasion of the 105th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima . Before the celebration of the Eucharist, the faithful prayed the rosary together. The faithful were able to light candles for peace in Ukraine in front of the statue of Mary.
In the shrine of the Korean martyrs in Jeoldusan in the greater Seoul area, the faithful accepted an invitation from the local section of the Pontifical Foundation "Aid to the Church in Need", to pray together for an end to the war in Ukraine, recalling the invitation of Our Lady of Fatima to pray the Rosary daily, invoking the gift of peace.
At the Eucharistic celebration in the Seosomun Shrine, which also includes a museum, the Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, Peter Chung Soon-taick, expressly emphasized in his address to the faithful: "In memory of the Blessed Mother's request 105 years ago in Fatima to pray the Rosary for world peace and an end to war, today we are all called to pray for the search for true peace in the Korean Peninsula and in Ukraine".
"The Rosary is a simple prayer, that gives great strength and comfort when we say it together," said Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop Emeritus of Seoul, who, along with priests, religious and lay faithful of the archdiocese at the initiative to enable those who pray to be "agents of peace" and "reshape the world".
Already on May 31 of this year, at the end of the Marian month, Pope Francis prayed the rosary in front of the statue of Maria Regina Pacis in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, to "offer a sign of hope to the world, suffering from conflict in Ukraine, deeply wounded by the violence of the many wars still going on".
Korean Catholics also pray for peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula, which is repeatedly affected by political and military tensions: In recent years, the Korean bishops have dedicated the daily prayer of the Rosary in May and October, with a special prayer for peace in Korea.
At the Sanbon Parish Church in Suwon Diocese, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary, Veronica Yoon Seon-hee, who leads a prayer group, said: "We entrust to the Virgin Mary the painful situation of war and the suffering of so many people We wholeheartedly ask Our Lady for her intercession that a ceasefire be reached in Ukraine as the beginning of a path of peace and that a period of dialogue and acceptance of the other may return between North and South Korea sure that Our Lady cares for us, Her children". (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 17/10/2022)