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Author says rosary 'can help us achieve peace in the world'
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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?"

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Rosary prayer unites life with Christ, Pope says in video message

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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Friday, June 23, 2017
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FAITH ALIVE: Forgiving offenses willingly
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Friday, April 1, 2016
Oct. 4 - Jesus welcomes the children, but do we?
It is no doubt by design that, as we open the Synod on the Family this weekend that the readings for the Liturgy are focused on the complementarity of man and woman and the indissolubility of marriage. This makes, certainly, for an interesting backdrop as the bishops assemble with the pope for this fourteenth general synod. More ...
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
FAITH ALIVE: Spiritual guides provide support and an example to emulate

In appreciation for "the givenness of life" helps people thrive in their daily existence. The world around them needs this appreciation too. But what is "the givenness of life"?

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Friday, June 26, 2015
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
May 17 - Holiness is at the root of evangelization
The Second Vatican Council called for a renewed sense of holiness among all the faithful not just the priests and religious. The council referred to this as the “Universal call to Holiness.” It was the common practice among Catholics to hold that the laity participated in the holiness of the religious through their devotional and moral life, but there was no real sense of what it meant for an ordinary layman or woman to be “holy.” More ...
Sunday, May 3, 2015
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Thursday, April 2, 2015
FAITH ALIVE -- A renewal of faith in the modern church

On the eve of Pentecost 2014, Pope Francis attended a conference in an Italian stadium with 50,000 Catholics who appeared every bit as excited as the soccer fans who had swarmed the venue a few weeks later.

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