07 October - Our Lady of the Rosary is one of the many denominations of the Virgin Mary, given since she presented herself under this name to Saint Dominic in the 13th century at Prouilhe. The Dominican Order was an ardent propagator of the Rosary.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was first called Our Lady of Victory to celebrate the victory of Lepanto on 7 October 1571, a battle that united Spain, the Republic of Venice and the Papal States against the Ottoman invader, a victory that was attributed to the recitation of the rosary requested by Pope Saint Pius V at the time. In 1573, his successor Gregory XIII changed the name of this local festival to the Feast of the Holy Rosary, which is celebrated on the first Sunday of October.

It was therefore instituted to meditate on the Marian mysteries and to unite with the life of the Virgin, as well as to remember secondarily the liberation of the West from the Ottoman threat.

Clement XI extended the feast of the Holy Rosary to the entire Latin rite Catholic Church in 1716 following the victory of the Imperials over the Ottomans at Petrovaradin/Peterwardein (now in Serbia), and St. Pius X fixed the feast on 7 October in 1913. Saint John XXIII changed his name again to Our Lady of the Rosary in 1960.

Visitatio ad limina Apostolorum

The Episcopal Conference of Madagascar carries out a pilgrimage visit called "Visitatio ad limina". This visit is held in the Basilicas of the Apostles in Rome every five years where the bishops pray, meet and talk with the Holy Father and visit the different dicasteries and congregations of the Vatican for the good of the life of the Church and the people of God. Jean Séraphin Rafanomezantsoa, Secretary of Coordination, Episcopal Conference of Madagascar.

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Love and Salvation

Christmas is a great joy, because it is the love of God that has come to us, proclaims Fr. Bizimana Innocent, Provincial Superior of the Salesians Don Bosco of Madagascar and Mauritius, presenting his Christmas greetings. Salvation is accomplished, so life is not in danger of disappearing. It is this love and this salvation that we wish to fill our life so that we have peace.

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Zatti, our brother

The short film "Zatti, our brother" (Argentina, 2020) focuses on one of the most difficult episodes of his life. We are in Viedma, in 1941: at the age of 60, Zatti is forced to leave the hospital he has attended for decades. His faith and strength are tested.

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