It takes place under the theme "The whole Church was fervently praying to God," which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts of the Apostles (12:5).
"The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic," read a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
Pope Francis will open the Marian month of prayer on 1 May with a Rosary broadcast across Vatican Media's platforms.
Each day will see Vatican News broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 6 PM Rome time (5 PM UK time) the various Shines taking part in the initiative.
The Pope will also close the initiative on 31 May with another specially-broadcast Rosary.
In March 2020 Pope Francis led the world in prayer during that difficult time, celebrating a live-streamed, daily Mass on Casa Santa Marta. After more than a year, and with the world still in the grips of the pandemic, the Pope and the Church around the world are once again leading the way in imploring God for an end to the suffering which so many people are forced to bear.
Thank you for praying the Rosary at home, at work, and at Saint Teresa's. Please note that The Holy Rosary is prayed before Mass on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is prayed on Wednesdays.