ACI Prensa Staff, Nov 9, 2023 / 18:20 pm
Approximately 22,000 people gathered on Nov. 5 in the León city stadium in Guanajuato state in Mexico to participate in the traditional “living rosary,” an expression of faith in search of peace.
Speaking with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, Father Roberto Guerrero Velázquez, organizer of the prayer service, said the intention this year was to reflect on the “commitment and responsibility to care for each other together and to build the social fabric so that society may have peace, beginning with personal peace and then peace in the family.”
At a time when the state of Guanajuato has faced challenges related to violence, recent figures from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography show that the state recorded the highest number of homicides last year, with 4,329 deaths attributed mainly to shootings, stabbings, and strangulation.
During the ceremony, representations were performed and meditations given on each mystery of the rosary with the theme of “The Lord bless us and his people with peace.” According to Guerrero, the theme was chosen to promote the “integral progress of society, regardless of ideologies or fashions, but focusing on the commitment to the kingdom of God.”