As it was noted on the press release on the 26 March 2022 by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation the Holy Father will lead the rosary prayer for peace as “a sign of hope to the world, suffering from the conflict in Ukraine, and deeply wounded by the violence of the many theatres of war still active.” The prayer will take pace the Basilica of St. Mary Major in from of the statue of Mary Queen of Peace on Tuesday 31 May 2022 at 6pm.
Since it is tradition for the faithful to place small handwritten cards with prayer intentions at the feet of the Virgin, the Pope will place a wreath of flowers at the foot of the statue before addressing his prayer to Our Lady and leaving her special intention.
The Pope will be joined by in prayer by the boys and girls who have received First Communion and Confirmation in recent weeks, Scouts, families of the Ukrainian Community of Rome, representatives of the Gioventù Ardente Mariana (GAM), members of the Vatican Gendarmerie and the Pontifical Swiss Guard and the three parishes of Rome named after the Virgin Mary Queen of Peace, together with the members of the Roman Curia.
Also, as a sign of closeness to those most involved in the dynamics of these tragic events, they were invited to recite the decades of the Rosary: a Ukrainian family, people linked to war victims and a group of military chaplains with their respective bodies.
Another important sign is the involvement of international shrines from around the world together with some shrines located in countries still affected by war or with strong political instability within them due to numerous episodes of violence. These shrines will pray the rosary at the same time as the Holy Father and will be connected via streaming to the Rome live stream.
All the faithful in every part of the world are invited to support Pope Francis in praying to the Queen of Peace, and the prayer will be broadcast live on the official channels of the Holy See.