This is the cover of "Why the Rosary, Why Now?" by Gretchen Crowe, who is editor-in-chief of OSV Newsweekly. Crowe says the rosary "can help us achieve peace in the world." CNS photo/courtesy OSV Newsweekly
The history of the rosary traces to the 13th century. It is believed that Mary gave St. Dominic the rosary to rescue the church from the Albigensian heresy.
Initially, 150 Hail Marys were prayed as a part of the rosary.
"The prayer of the rosary, originally composed of 150 Hail Marys, is based on the 150 psalms of the Psalter prayed in monasteries since antiquity," said Gretchen Crowe, editor-in-chief of OSV Newsweekly in Huntington, Indiana, and author of the new book "Why the Rosary, Why Now?"
VATICAN CITY – Christians who pray the rosary unite their own lives with Christ by meditating on his life, ministry and death, Pope Francis said.
"This simple prayer, in fact, helps us to contemplate all that God in his love has done for us and for our salvation and helps us understand that our life is united to Christ's," the Pope said in a video message June 18 to pilgrims of the Ta Pinu Marian Shrine in Gozo, Malta.
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