Blessed Pope Pius IX (1792 – 1878) once said ‘Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.’ Clearly Pope Pius appreciated the power of the Rosary.


Brazil 1962 – The Power of the Rosary

A threat of a communist takeover loomed over Brazil in 1962 when Dona Amelia Bastos formed a Rosary rally among a group of women to do their part in opposing the looming threat. Their goal was simply to pray the Rosary in large groups asking the Virgin Mary for help in opposing the Communist takeover towards which the President of Brazil was leaning at the time.

In Belo Horizonte  20,000 women reciting the Rosary aloud broke up a Communist rally.

In Sao Paulo, 600,000 women praying the Rosary caused the President to flee the country sparing the country from a Communist takeover.


Austria 1948 – The Power of the Rosary

After World War ll. the Allies turned over Catholic Austria to communist Russia. For three years the Austrian people endured this tyranny. Then, a Franciscan priest, Father Petrus, remembering how the Christians, although greatly outnumbered, had defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto through the Rosary, launched a Rosary crusade. Through it 70,000 people, one tenth of the Austrian population, pledged to say the Rosary daily for the Soviets to leave their country.

Austria was valuable to the Russians because of its strategic location and natural resources. Yet on May 13, 1955, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, the Russians signed the agreement to leave Austria, and they did so without one person being killed or a single shot being fired.

To this day military historians remain baffled by the Russians’ withdrawal.


Japan 1945 – The Power of the Rosary

Located about 1 kilometre from where the A-Bomb went off on 6 August 1945
in Hiroshima Japan was a home with a church attached to it. The church was completely destroyed but the home survived as did the eight German Jesuit missionaries who faithfully prayed their daily rosary in that house.


This article can be found in Mirror 0715.