More than 180 locations have been confirmed for the Rosary on the Coast later this month, with nine bishops saying they will take part.

The mass prayer event, scheduled for 3pm on Sunday, April 29, will extend from the island of Guernsey off the coast of France to St Ninian’s isle in Shetland, between Scotland and Norway.

An online map shows the greatest density of prayer groups is around Portsmouth. The Diocese of Plymouth, which covers much of the West Country, has 16 groups – the highest of any diocese.

Organisers say the day is aimed at a “re-flourishing of the faith, for the grace to build a culture of life and for true peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples and nations”. It follows similar events in Poland and Ireland.

Last month Pope Francis sent his blessing to those taking part in the event. The nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, said he assured participants of his “spiritual closeness” and placed them “under the protection of Our Lady”.

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury will attend a rosary event at the Dome of Home, New Brighton, Wallasey, run by the traditionalist Institute of Christ the King, while Bishop Mark O’Toole has said he will join a group at the Hoe, Plymouth, and Bishop William Nolan of Galloway will be at Ayr beach.

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