Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, appealed for prayers for an end to the pandemic, for peace, and for healing during the ‘Rosary for Asia’ service that was streamed online over Radio Veritas Asia’s language services.
“We pray for the end to the pandemic, the end of violence and wars, poverty and hunger. We pray for every person in our land, whatever be their faith or religion,” said the archbishop of Yangon in Myanmar in his introduction to the prayer service on June 30, 2021.
Cardinal Bo reminded the faithful to always look to the Lord “in these troubled times” and pray for his peace “to reign in our hearts, in our leaders, in our land.”
“We are confident that when we pray with earnestness and faith for the gift of peace, he will certainly grant us his peace, ‘a peace that passeth human understanding,’ a peace that will endure,” said the Asian Church leader.
He said Radio Veritas Asia, dubbed “the Missionary of Asia,” held the Rosary service to join “the many tongues and voices of Asia” in praying for peace and in seeking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“This day is very significant as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, the two pillars of the Church,” said Cardinal Bo as he urged everyone to “bring in prayer our every need,” including “the end to the pandemic, the end of violence and wars, poverty and hunger.”
“We pray for every person in our land, whatever be their faith or religion,” he said. “Let us bring in prayer all the people of this vast continent, all nations and governments, all those who minister to the sick, all those who care for the poor and the marginalized,” said Cardinal Bo.
The prayer service was shared across Asia through the various social media platforms of Radio Veritas Asia’s 22 language services.
The prayer service was led by priests from across Asia in six languages — English, Bengali, Myanmar, Mandarin, Tamil, and Vietnamese.