Catholic churches around world take part in rosary relay for priests

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June 16, 2015

Faithful at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington pray the rosary in the shrine's Crypt Church June 12.  The national shrine was one of 84 shrines in 46 nations that participated in the 2015 Global Rosary for Priests. (CNS photo/Michael Hoyt, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception) See GLOBAL ROSARY June 16, 2015.

Faithful at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington pray the rosary in the shrine’s Crypt Church June 12. The national shrine was one of 84 shrines in 46 nations that participated in the 2015 Global Rosary for Priests. (CNS photo/Michael Hoyt, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — On June 12, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Catholic churches around the world spiritually united in prayer for a Global Rosary Relay for Priests.

“Originally, today’s feast was one of atonement for human ingratitude toward God, but today the church focuses on the great love that God has for us, directing us to draw joyfully from the spring of salvation,” Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, stated in a homily during a Mass prior to recitation of the rosary.

Msgr. Rossi said the solemnity “assures us that Jesus reaches out to us, and encourages us to reach out to him, taking his yoke upon our shoulders, confident that when we respond to Jesus invitation, the Lord will provide for all our needs and we will experience an outpouring of his love.”

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