Dr. Taylor Marshall, in a link no longer available, pulled this timely, overlooked quote from then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio:
“If I remember well it was 1985. One evening I went to recite the Holy Rosary that was being led by the Holy Father [John Paul II]. He was in front of everybody, on his knees. The group was numerous; I saw the Holy Father from the back and, little by little, I got lost in prayer. I was not alone: I was praying in the middle of the people of God to which I and all those there belonged, led by our Pastor.
I felt that this man [John Paul II], chosen to lead the Church, was following a path up to his Mother in the sky, a path set out on from his childhood. And I became aware of the density of the words of the Mother of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego: ‘Don’t be afraid, am I not perhaps your mother?’ I understood the presence of Mary in the life of the Pope.
That testimony did not get forgotten in an instant. From that time on I recite the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary every day”–Pope Francis.
More recently, on the Solemnity of the Assumption, Pope Francis addressed 12,000 pilgrims outside of Castel Gandolfo:
Pope Francis joins the choir of our spiritual fathers who urge us to look more closely at this heavenly treasure which is the rosary.
“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description”–Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.