The Popes and The Rosary

Pope Pius IX Rosary

Pope Saint Pius IX

'Give me an army praying the Rosary and I will conquer the world'

Pope Pius was the Holy Father in the middle of the 19th Century. He had great devotion to the Rosary. When asked on his deathbed what he was thinking he said: 

Actually I am contemplating the 15 mysteries of the Rosary depicted on the walls of this room. If only you knew how encouraging they are to me! Considering them is most comforting. Meditating on the Joyful mysteries, I forget about my pain. Considering the different phases of the Passion I am greatly heartened, since I tread the path of suffering in the company of Christ who went before me. When I bring the Glorious Mysteries to mind,I am filled with joy. It is veru clear to me that all my pain is going to be converted into glory. What great solace the Rosary has been on my deathbead!.... The Rosary is like an abridged version of the Gospel. It provides 'rivers of peace' to those who say it well. By far, it is the richest devotion and the one most abundant in graces. It is certainly the most pleasing to the heart of Mary. Remember me, my sons, by this final testimony I am giving now.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on the Rosary

  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Today, Together we confirm that the Holy Rosary is not a pious practise banished to the past, like prayers of other times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is experiencing a new Springtime. Without a doubt, this is one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generation nourish for Jesus and his Mother, Mary. In the current world, so dispersive this prayer helps to put Christ at the centre, as the Virgin did, who mediatated within all that was said about her Son, and also what he did and said. When reciting the Rosary, the important and meaningful moments of salvation history are relived. The various steps of Christ's mission are traced. With Mary the heart is oriented towards the mystery of Jesus. Christ is put at the centre of our life, of our time, of our city, through the contemplation and meditation of his holy mysteries of Joy, Light, Sorrow and Glory. May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace emanating from these mysteries, so that through us we can 'water' society,beginning with our daily relationships, and purifying them from so many negative forces, thus opening them to the newness of God. The Rosary, when it is prayed in an authentic way, not mechanical and superficial but profoundly, brings, in fact peace and reconciliation. It contains within itself the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the centre of each "Hail Mary".