MEMPHIS, TN, April 21, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The May 3rd One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies prayer event, initiated by the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization, has received a much welcomed letter of support from Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Vatican City. In the letter, dated March 31st, 2008, Cardinal Arinze states: "I write you to support your Organization's project that one million or more people participate in the May 3, 2008 ' One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies ' prayer event."
The One Million Rosaries initiative is hopes to see a million participants pray the Rosary on Saturday, May 3rd for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn babies. Participants will be praying the Rosary within the same sixty-minute time span (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time Zone; 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Central Time Zone; etc.).
Two widely-known Catholics in the United States have also sent words of support for the May 3rd pro-life prayer event. Archbishop Raymond L. Burke (Archdiocese of St. Louis) stated: "I encourage the faithful to seek the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe...by praying the Rosary for the protection of unborn life through the campaign of the St. Michael the Archangel Organization." Mother Assumpta, Prioress General of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, offered her support, saying, "I ... encourage everyone to join wholeheartedly in the One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies prayer event."
Patrick Benedict, President of the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization and a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in the Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee, remains hopeful the one million mark will be reached: "I very much appreciate the support of Cardinal Arinze, Archbishop Burke, and Mother Assumpta. For the May 3rd prayer event, I do hope at least one million pro-lifers will unite in praying the Rosary. This will give glory to God; it will honor the Blessed Virgin Mary; and, it will be an act of love bestowed upon our unborn brothers and sisters.
"More than 50 million unborn babies have been surgically killed in the U.S.A. and an untold number have been killed non-surgically. The question is not, 'Do the unborn babies need a major Rosary prayer event?' The real question is, 'Are there at least one million people willing to pray the Rosary for them?'"
Registering for the May 3rd prayer event is easy and quick, and it can be done by going to http://www.saintmichaelthearchangelorganization.org/; This website also lists ways one may promote the event.