7. Portugal 25,911
8. Italy 25,563
9. Brazil 23,858
10. United Kingdom 21,720
“We are very happy with the response. All over the world children came together to pray for peace, even in countries currently at war. The Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine, for example, informed ACN that the initiative was promoted in all its parishes and there were also pictures of children participating in Pemba, in Mozambique, which has been badly affected by terrorism over the past years,” Thomas Heine-Geldern, executive president at ACN International, said.
“Some of the numbers are amazing! Poland leading with almost a quarter of a million, followed by Slovakia with 190,000. In Australia and in India many children took part also,” Heine-Geldern said.
According to ACN, hundreds of schools around the world took part. Fifty schools officially joined the initiative in Kenya alone, and schools from Spain, Great Britain, South Korea, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and many other nations were among those who prayed together.
At the Shrine of Fátima in Portugal, children from different countries gathered at the Chapel of the Apparitions to lead the daily 6:30 p.m. livestreamed recitation of the rosary.
The prayer initiative, called “A million children praying the rosary” had its inspiration in 2005 when a group of children was seen praying the rosary at a local shrine in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. Some of the adults who witnessed the scene were reminded of the words of Padre Pio, who once said, “When a million children pray the rosary, the world will change.”
Since then, the campaign, promoted by ACN, has spread across the world.