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Pope repeats call for faithful to pray Rosary for peace

For the fourth time in two weeks, John Paul II appealed to the faithful to pray the rosary "for peace at this time burdened by grave concerns."

He made his appeal on Sunday before 20,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the midday Angelus. The Holy Father mentioned "peace" six times before reciting the Marian prayer.

"Given the present international situation, I have invited individuals and communities to pray the rosary for peace," he said. "I also renew this appeal today, underlining at the same time that the rosary is the contemplation of Christ in his mysteries, in close union with Mary Most Holy."

"Contemporary spirituality feels the intense need, so to speak, to focus on the essential," the Pope continued, from the window of his study. "Because of this, there is at present a promising rediscovery of the true nature of the rosary, as a prayer that helps to be in Christ's company, to know him better, absorb his teachings and live the mystery.