Denver Newsroom, Jun 23, 2021 / 15:00 pm
Beginning Wednesday, June 23, Catholics in Chile will pray a rosary every week for the Holy Spirit to guide the work of drafting a new constitution for the country.
A Rosary for Chile is the lay group that has been promoting this national “Rosary of Hope” prayer crusade since December 2020, after the country approved the constitutional process in a plebiscite by a margin of 78% in favor and 22% against.
Participants will pray a rosary every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. The organizers are asking their fellow citizens to pray for the 155 people who were elected May 15 and 16 as members of the Constitutional Convention. That elected body will draft the Magna Carta to replace the one promulgated under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1980, and which is still in force.
In October 2019, demonstrations broke out in Santiago over an increase in subway fares that was subsequently rescinded. Other regions joined in the protests, expanding their grievances to economic inequality and the cost of healthcare.