Sri Lanka, involving children in praying the Rosary
by Melani Manel Perera
Approximately 350 children participated in a gathering to pray together and learn the importance of the rosary, remembering the mystery of Fatima.

Marawila (AsiaNews) - At least 350 children of the parish of Muudukatuwa of the diocese of Chilaw, gathered to pray the rosary in the church of Our Lady of Fatima, Marawila, on 9 October. The priests of the diocese - Fr. Jude Dias, Fr. Felix Colombage, Fr. Ivan Peter, Fr. Millan Susantha and Fr. Priyanto Angodage – led the prayer meeting, teaching children the glorious mystery and the history of the Holy Rosary in the month that the Church traditionally dedicates to this prayer.

Fr. Dias, the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima, began the day with a common reflection on capital sins. After confession, all the children's rosary were blessed by the priest before starting the pray.

Tony Nishantha is the brains behind this initiative which started as a gesture of gratitude and a symbol of his devotion to Our Lady. Last year, the meeting was held in the parish of Thoduwawa, where the benefactor had received more than 1,000 rosaries which he distributed among children who did not own one.