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Pope Francis to join Walsingham in pandemic prayers

Pope Francis has invited Catholics and 30 Marian Shrines around the world, including the Shrine at Walsingham, to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham has been selected to start the month of prayer at 6pm on Saturday May 1. Shrine Rector Mgr Philip Moger and the shrine team will be praying.

The recitation of the rosary will be live streamed from Walsingham to the Vatican television Centre so that Pope Francis can join in live. The Walsingham Intention is for those who have died from the pandemic across the world.

Rt Rev Mgr Canon Philip Moger, Shrine Rector, said: “We are delighted and privileged that the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham has been chosen to be part of the Holy Father’s global rosary initiative this May.  We invite you to join us online at 6pm on Saturday May 1.”

Walsingham are hoping to also broadcast a live stream from the Vatican of Pope Francis from 5pm but this is yet to be confirmed.

EWTN will oversee the broadcast and it can be watched on the Shrine’s livestream at: www.youtube.com/WalsinghamCatholicTV, www.walsingham.org.uk, www.churchservices.tv/walsingham,  www.ewtn.co.uk.

Read more about the initiative here

Rosary Stronghold with the Holy Family

May also marks a month-long Rosary Mission with the theme: Rosary Stronghold with the Holy Family linked to the Walsingham Shrine.

There will be a nightly online Rosary at 8pm which will be led from various shrines and parishes throughout the UK.

In addition there will be three National Days of Prayer.

Monday May 24, the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church – a Rosary Day of Prayer to pray for schools, youth associations, groups, young people and for families.

Sunday May 30, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the National Rosary Relay Rally throughout the Dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland. Bishops and dioceses across the country will take part with Bishop Alan Hopes leading the Rosary in St John the Baptist Cathedral between 2pm and 3pm on Saturday May 30.

Monday May 31, Feast of the Visitation – Bishop John Keenan will host a Crowning Rosary online at 8pm.

More details on the Walsingham Shrine website or at rosaryonthecoast.co.uk

Picture of Pope Francis © Mazur/cbcew.org.uk