Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Day 2022 focuses on a phrase from the Acts of Apostles from the risen Jesus to his disciples just before his ascension into heaven.
Soon after 11 a.m. on Monday, Julia Lum was one of the first to arrive at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s Great Upper Church to participate in a worldwide recitation of the rosary, offering prayers for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, at noon, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington will lead up to 1,000 in-person faithful in a worldwide recitation of the rosary in response to Pope Francis’ call for a “marathon” of prayer in May “to ask for the end of the pandemic.”
Archbishop Gregory succeeds Cardinal Donald Wuerl as the seventh Archbishop of Washington. Wuerl’s resignation was accepted by Pope Francis in October following scrutiny of his handling of abuse cases earlier in his career.