The 'Rosary of the Coast for Life and Faith' takes place as Ireland prepares for next year's abortion referendum

Catholics in Ireland are planning to hold a mass-rosary recital around the country’s coastline as next year’s abortion referendum approaches.

The ‘Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith’ will take place on Sunday, November 26, the feast of Christ the King. Organisers take inspiration from the recent Rosary at the Borders in Poland, and a similar event in Italy.

“Our island is in the midst of a catastrophic loss of Catholic faith especially among the young,” the organisers say on Facebook. “Ireland, North and South, is facing an immediate threat to the protection of our unborn babies.”

The Republic of Ireland will hold a referendum next year on whether to the repeal the Eighth Amendment to its constitution, which guarantees the rights of the unborn child.

Northern Ireland also faces having its own pro-life laws undermined by the British government, which plans to pay for Northern Irish women to have abortions in England.

Explaining why they are holding the event on the feast of Christ the King, the organisers write: “Ireland was the first country in the world to be consecrated to Christ the King. This solemn consecration was declared in the 1930s and to date only three countries share this great blessing. The feast is extremely important. Acknowledging Christ as King has relevance for the spiritual, social, cultural, legal and political life of Ireland.”

They hope to have prayers in at least 53 locations, the number of Hail Marys in a five-decade rosary.