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Praying in the Rosary Rose Bowl

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Praying in the Rosary Rose Bowl

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Praying in the Rosary Rose Bowl

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Thousands of Roman Catholics have signed up for an event called the Rosary Rose Bowl, held Saturday at the actual Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. It's a church-led effort to encourage the faithful to return to the practice of praying the rosary.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

And now from the mysteries of physics to the mysteries of faith. When you picture someone praying the rosary, the backdrop is most likely a church complete with pews and kneelers, maybe some bells playing in the background.

Well, tonight in Pasadena, California, thousands of Roman Catholics are expected to pray the rosary at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The event, dubbed the Rosary Bowl, is an attempt to revive what was once an annual gathering.

An Irish-born priest named Patrick Peyton began orchestrating rosary festivals in Southern California and around the world in the late 1940s. Peyton saw it as his mission to get families to pray together. He drew the largest crowd in 1954 when nearly 100,000 faithful turned out.

To pray the rosary, Catholics say as many as 200 Hail Marys as they pass beads through their hands. As they so, they meditate on what are called the Mysteries of Redemption. And tonight, the fans in the stadium will also be rooting for world peace.

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