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When did the tradition of praying the Rosary begin?

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Some Roman Catholic traditions state the praying of the Rosary began in 1214 when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Dominic and provided it as a tool for Christian conversion and to save sinners. The origins of praying the Rosary is still a subject of debate among scholars, however.

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Adopted as an official devotion in 1569 by Pope Pius V, the Rosary as Roman Catholics know it today is a complex version of what it was centuries ago. Changes such as adding the sentence "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners," to the Hail Mary, the popular addition of the Fatima Prayer in the 20th century and the addition of the Luminous Mysteries by Pope John Paul II in 2002 has made the Rosary an elaborate meditation for followers of the Catholic faith.

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