Holy Rosary! New Yorker collects rosaries for Pope Benedict XVI visit to Mexico

Top Quote "With Cardinal Designate Timothy Dolan elevation, it could help us with our rosary collection drive", says Victor Mooney. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 13, 2012 - New York - Victor Mooney, executive director of Queens, New York based - South African Arts International, hopes that Cardinal-Designate Timothy Dolan elevation this week will spur an increase in rosary collection nationwide. According to wire services, he will deliver a speech on the topic of new evangelization to ensure people living in European countries steeped in the Catholic tradition remain faithful at the Vatican on Friday, and will be interrogated by the pope - in Italian - in front of all current cardinals. The next day, Dolan and 21 others will be made cardinals at a consistory ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica. It is there that they will receive their red biretta hats and gold rings.

    For Mooney's evangelization mission, he hopes 100,000 pilgrims will kick an official 2010 World Cup Match Ball into a goal on a portable soccer field. "With each goal, our plan is to give pilgrims a rosary and a refreshing cup of coca-cola", said Mooney. The score a goal for The Blessed John Paul campaign will run twenty-four hours from March 21 to March 25 outside Bicentennial Park in Guanajuato, Mexico. The project will coincide with Pope Benedict XVI visit to Mexico. Rosaries can be mailed to: SAAI, PO Box 23781, Brooklyn, New York 11202.

    During the beatification process for Pope John Paul II last year, it was widely reported worldwide of Mr. Mooney's intercession to the Holy Father. Mr. Mooney was shipwrecked for fourteen days in the Atlantic Ocean on a life raft without food. He was making his third attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean to encourage abstinence, AIDS prevention and education in an effort to curb this epidemic. The Holy Father blessed him for this mission at the Vatican.

    At the 2012 AIDS Conference in Washington, DC this July, South African Arts International will mount an exhibition on this campaign in Mexico. On World AIDS Day, Mr. Mooney will begin his fourth attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean by row boat from the Canary Islands to New York City.

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