Uganda, Oct. 18 -- By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. The month of October is dedicated to the holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions.

October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7). The best way to celebrate the month is, of course, to pray the Rosary. And where did the rosary come from? Why is October referred to as the Month of the Rosary?

Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Seattle, US, says the short answer is this: October is dedicated as the Month of the Rosary because we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary each year on October 7.

To understand this feast, we need to go back in time. In the 16t...