Women from all around the globe will gather on December 8 for a public rosary recital to Our Lady. Women are taking an active role in the project in the United Arab Emirates, where just 7% of the population is Christian.
Martha and Daro are a married Colombian couple who live in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. They have formed an active faith life there, and on December 8th, they will be a part of a Catholic community that will participate in the Worldwide Women’s Rosary.
Daro and his wife moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2008 to start a new life 8,000 miles away from their home Colombia due to a work opportunity.
Daro told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister news agency, that during their first few years in Abu Dhabi, they attended the Eucharistic service in English at St. Joseph Cathedral. During Mass, an announcement brought them to a group of Spanish-speaking folks who were also attending Mass in Spanish.
Some time later, Martha was requested to coordinate the Mass, and she accepted the assignment with the support of her husband, who had expertise in the life of the Church in Colombia, and one of her friends.
Daro contacted the cathedral’s then-pastor to offer his assistance. He started working as a coordinator for the Spanish-speaking community shortly after that.
Thus “began the activities aimed at the formation of a community, of a Spanish-speaking Catholic Church, in the midst of a parish that has countless different languages and cultures congregated in the same place,” he recalled.
To participate in the worldwide campaign on December 8, the pair is contemplating convening in a home and livestreaming it from there on the Facebook page of Abu Dhabi’s Spanish-speaking community.
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, and the United States have all confirmed their attendance in the Worldwide Women’s Rosary.
Women from Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Uruguay, and Venezuela will also take part.