Catholics line bor­der, pray for coun­try, world

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

Pol­ish Catholics held rosaries and prayed to­gether Satur­day along the coun­try’s 2,000-mile bor­der, ap­peal­ing to the Vir­gin Mary and God for sal­va­tion for Poland and the world in a na­tional event that some felt had anti-Mus­lim over­tones.

The Rosary to the Bor­ders event was or­ga­nized by lay Catholics but was also en­dorsed by Pol­ish church au­thor­i­ties, with 320 churches from 22 dio­ce­ses tak­ing part.

The prayers took place from the Baltic Sea coast in the north to the moun­tains along Poland’s south­ern bor­ders with the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­vakia, and all along the bor­der of this coun­try of 38 mil­lion where more than 90 per­cent de­clare them­selves Ro­man Catholics.

Or­ga­niz­ers say the prayers at some 4,000 lo­ca­tions com­mem­o­rated the cen­te­nary of the ap­pari­tions of Fa­tima, when three shep­herd chil­dren in Por­tu­gal said the Vir­gin Mary ap­peared to them.

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