The Public Square Rosary campaign began with a discussion about commemorating the 90th anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima when Our Lady performed the Miracle of the Sun. Its organizers tried to think of a special way to celebrate this anniversary. The idea of holding a yearly rosary in a public place seemed a natural response to the Fatima call for conversion, penance and prayer. It was launched on 13 October 2007 in America when over 2100 Public Square Rosary Rallies were held in public squares, busy intersections, city parks, in front of town halls or local abortion clinics all across America. The rallies have grown immensely since that time. Many other countries followed suit and now they are held in Australia, Ireland, Canada, Cuba, Philippines, and many more.
Inspired by the international Public Square Rosary Campaign, Family Action South Africa also organised the first Public Square Rosary Campaign in 2015 in South Africa with more than 250 Rosary Rallies around the country. By 2019 there were more than 1256 rallies.
Other African countries also were inspired to do the same and there are Public Square Rosary rallies in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Uganda and more joining each year.
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Click here to see the gallery of more than 1256 Rosary Rallies held in October 2019.