This is taken from OSV website:
“The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty. To it I have entrusted any number of concerns; in it I have always found comfort… The Rosary is my favorite prayer… Marvelous in its simplicity and its depth.” — Pope John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae
Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter – The Rosary of the Virgin Mary – urges the faithful to pray the Rosary more often. Issued on Wednesday, October 16, 2003, in the letter Pope John Paul also announced the addition of five new “mysteries of light” to the centuries’ old devotion of the rosary. He proclaimed the beginning of the “Year of the Rosary,” which extended from mid-October 2002 to October 2003.
In his Apostolic Letter, the Pope said that he did not wish to change the Rosary, but to contribute to its evolution as a prayer form. Since the Middle Ages, the Rosary has been the most enduring and popular of Catholic devotions. Within its traditional structure, numerous methods including Scriptural Rosaries, seasonal Rosaries, and Rosaries for special occasions have been developed
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