Various religious faiths join Pope during prayer vigil for Syrian peace
September 9, 2013. (Romereports.com) Nearly 100,000 people prayed for peace alongside Pope Francis during Saturday’s vigil. The same number as the victims killed during two and a half years of violence in Syria. The large crowds gathered at St. Peter’s Square included worshipers of non-Christian faiths, who also condemned violence and expressed their wishes for a peaceful solution to the conflict.
IMAM YAHYA PALLAVICINI
Vice President, Muslim Community in Italy
“It’s a religious duty, being here in Rome and being a Muslim Westerner, to try to create bridges, participating in all these occasions that can really show the true reality of spirituality and deep reason of life.”
During the prayer service, local Muslim leaders could be seen kneeling alongside Catholics and other Christians, as Pope Francis denounced war as a defeat on humanity.
In addition to Islam, adherents to Hinduism wanted to make themselves visible to add their voices to the chorus clamoring for peace.
Hare Krishna Center (Italy)
“The miracle that we are already here, all types of people: Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, atheists, materialists; it’s already a success. This has become a moment of peace.”