THE MAY PRAYER MARATHON TO END PANDEMIC: LIST OF SHRINES AND DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS will be a host for the prayer marathon evening events. In addition many countries will be offering local social media as a place to follow the daily rosary. When possible, EWTN will offer the evening rosary here: (20+) EWTN Vatican | Facebook   This will depend on images arriving from the Vatican or the shrine itself. Transmission may also depend on the language offered (if, for example, an African nation prays in a little known language.)


The big worldwide rosary marathon for an end to the pandemic starts tomorrow!

The pontifical council that has organized this initiative has prepared a short liturgical guide in Italian, English and Spanish that provides some useful suggestions for sharing this moment in one’s own community. It can be downloaded here: Sussidio Rosario 2021 Inglese.pdf (

With the exception of the transmission on May 1 from the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham that starts at 7 pm Rome time), in following days the rosary starts at 6 pm Rome time (so check the time difference between Rome and where you live).

The council prayer guide notes three moments that will occur every day at shrines throughout the world:

  1. The Shrine’s Morning Prayer will begin with the symbolic gesture of the lighting of the candle and placed in front of the image of Our Lady. Immediately afterwards, the passage of Scripture taken from chapter eighteen (18) of Saint Luke’s Gospel, from which this sign takes its name, will be proclaimed. The celebrant will then explain the meaning of this gesture and of the day, and will end by praying, with the faithful present, the ancient prayer Sub tuum praesidium addressed to the Virgin Mary.
  2. The Holy Rosary: the highlight of the Shrine’s day of prayer will be the Recitation of the Holy Rosary, prayed according to local traditions and customs, for the end of the pandemic and for the particular daily intention entrusted by Pope Francis, according to the directions provided in the Prayer Calendar.
  3. At the end of the day, all the faithful, gathered at the Shrine, will address a farewell greeting to Mother Mary, ideally, handing over to the next Shrine the prayer baton.

May 1. Our Lady of Walsingham (England) – For all the deceased


May 2. Jesus the Saviour and Mother Mary (Nigeria) – For all those who have not been able to say goodbye to their deceased loved ones

May 3. Our Lady of Częstochowa (Poland) – For all those infected with the corona virus and all the sick

May 4. Basilica of the Annunciation (Israel) – For all expectant women and their unborn babies

May 5. Blessed Virgen del Rosario (South Korea) – For all children and adolescents

May 6. Our Lady of Aparecida (Brazil) – For all young people

May 7. Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Philippines) –   For all families

May 8. Our Lady of Luján (Argentina) – For all communication workers

May 9. Holy House of Loreto (Italia) – For all seniors

May 10. Our Lady of Knock (Ireland) – For all people with disabilities

May 11. Virgin of the Poor (Belgium) – For all the poor, homeless and economically distressed

May 12. Our Lady of Africa (Algeria) – For all people who live alone and those who have lost hope

May 13. Blessed Virgen del Rosario (Portugal) – For all prisoners

May 14. Our Lady of Health (India) – For all scientists and medical research institutions

May 15. Our Lady Queen of Peace (Bosnia) – For all migrants

May 16. St. Mary’s Cathedral (Australia) – For all victims of violence and human trafficking

May 17. Immaculate Conception (U.S.A.) – For all world leaders and for all heads of international organizations

May 18. Our Lady of Lourdes (France) – For all doctors and nurses

May 19. Mother Mary’s House (Turkey) – For all people at war and for world peace

May 20. Our Lady of Charity of Copper (Cuba) – For all pharmacists and health care personnel

May 21. Our Lady of Nagasaki (Japan) – For all social workers

May 22. Our Lady of Montserrat (Spain) – For all volunteers

May 23. Our Lady of Cap (Canada) – For all law enforcement and military personnel and for all firefighters

May 24. To be confirmed   – For all those who provide essential services

May 25. Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’Pinu (Malta) – For all teachers, students and educators

May 26. Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico) – For all workers and entrepreneurs

May 27. Mother of God (Ukraine) – For all the unemployed

May 28. Black Madonna of Altötting (Germany) – For the Holy Father, bishops, presbyters, and deacons

May 29. Our Lady of Lebanon (Lebanon) – For all consecrated men and women

May 30. Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii (Italia) – For the Church

May 31. Vatican Gardens – For the end of the pandemic and the resumption of our social and economic life.



Weekly English edition of L’Osservatore Romano: ING_2021_018_3004.pdf (


My guest this week in Vatican Insider’s interview segment is Fr. Mark Lewis, vice rector for Academics at the Jesuit-run Gregorian University in Rome. He tells us about his background and how he got to Rome and the Gregorian. He also teaches Church history at this venerable, centuries-old academic institution located in the very center of Rome.

You’ll learn about Father’s specific work at the university, how it reflects the universal Church in its teaching staff and student body and how the Greg (as we in Rome call the university) has dealt with the pandemic – everything from classes online requiring new technology to turn-styles that measure the temperature of those entering the university. I also ask Father why he thinks Pope Francis was the first ever Jesuit to be elected to the papacy when cardinals of other orders such as Dominicans, Franciscans, etc., have been elected.

Father Lewis is standing in his office by a copy of one of the posters in the university archives that shows how the university, in a long gone past, announced to the city of Rome the doctoral theses to be defended by students. I took several photos including one poster (the one with the word “Bando”) that listed house rules of various sorts, including one that says that there could be no noisy gatherings at Carnival time. There are even rules regarding food and a number of other areas of a student’s life. (Apologies for not taking a better photo of Fr. Mark!)

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Pope Francis has issued a new Apostolic Letter “motu proprio” that modifies the judicial system in Vatican City State. Until now, cardinals and bishops could only be tried by the “Corte di Cassazone” (Court of Cassation, the Vatican’s Supreme Court), presided over by a cardinal. With the new motu proprio, the Pope allows cardinals and bishops to be tried by a court of first instance, with the stipulation that cases will still have to be authorised by the Supreme Pontiff.

By Vatican News

Cardinals and bishops accused of criminal offences by Vatican magistrates, can now be tried by the Tribunal of the Vatican City State instead of the Court of Cassation presided over by a cardinal, as had been the case until now. Pope Francis made the change in an Apostolic Letter issued motu proprio that amends the judicial system of the Vatican State promulgated in March 2020. However, trials will still require the Pope’s prior authorization before they can proceed.

The change in legislation comes after Francis himself had addressed the issue at the inauguration of the judicial year in the Vatican on March 27. In Friday’s motu proprio, Pope Francis, citing his own words on that occasion, recalls “the overriding need for the current procedural system – also by means of appropriate changes in the law – to ensure the equality of all members of the Church and their equal dignity and position, without privileges that date back to earlier times and are no longer in keeping with the responsibilities that each person has in building up the Church.”

Pope Francis’ decision to abolish Article 24 of the law “on the judicial order of the Vatican City State,” – which provided for cardinals and bishops accused of criminal offences within Vatican City State to have recourse to the Court of Cassation – is therefore based on the principle of the equality of all members of the Church. The Court of Cassation is the Vatican’s Supreme Court, and in such cases would consist of three Cardinals and two or more associate judges.

When the new motu proprio comes into effect (the day after it is promulgated through publication in L’Osservatore Romano), cardinals and bishops put on trial for common criminal offences (i.e., offences not related to the violation of ecclesiastical laws regulated by Canon Law) will therefore be judged like everyone else and by the same Vatican Court, according to the three degrees of adjudication.

The motu proprio also introduces a new paragraph Article 6 of the judicial order: “In cases involving the Most Eminent Cardinals and the Most Excellent Bishops, outside the cases envisaged by canon 1405 § 1, the tribunal judges with the prior consent of the Supreme Pontiff.”

What remains unchanged is the need for prior authorisation from the Pope before cardinals and bishops can be tried. The new provisions are similar to procedures in States that require authorization from parliaments in order to try heads of state or government ministers.

Follow the link for the full text (in Italian) of the Apostolic Letter “amending the jurisdiction of the judicial bodies of the Vatican City State.”