The parish priest of Warispura wanted to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary with three days of Marian devotion. During his Sunday homily, Fr Yousaf George recalled the figure of Mary, unique in history, and her presence in the contemporary world.
In 1981, John Paul II dedicated the Philippines and all Asia to Mary, Queen of the Rosary, with the title of La Naval. The feast recalls five battles back in 1646, won by the Filipinos against Dutch invaders, thanks to the rosary and the Blessed Virgin's intercession.
Taking up the invitation of the pope to dedicate October to praying the Rosary and to mission we present today the testimony of a priest of the underground Church, whose vocation grew thanks to the Rosary prayed in his family, notwithstanding persecution.
Benedict XVI invited families and communities to pray the Rosary throughout October, a month dedicated also to the missions, which have as their patroness St Thérèse of the Child Jesus. The pope mentioned meeting the patriarch of Baghdad and also drew attention to degraded urban suburbs.
In his message for the World Mission Day, Benedict XVI stresses that "if it is not guided by charity, if it does not spring, that is, from a profound act of divine love," mission, the primary task of the ecclesial community, "risks reducing itself to mere philanthropic and social activity."