Northlanders Participate in Prayer Vigil for Syria

By KBJR News 1

September 7, 2013 Updated Sep 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --Last week Pope Francis called upon the people of the world to participate in a prayer vigil for Peace in Syria.

On Saturday, Northlanders gathered to honor that proclamation.

"If we all get together and pray and ask God for Peace hopefully there will be peace and at least peace on people's minds too," said Patrice Critchley-Menor, Dir. of Social Apostolate for Diocese of Duluth.

"This is in response to what the holy father has asked, so Bishop Sirba Our bishop here in Duluth has looked around and has designated this place that was available for people to come and pray." said Ryan Eller, Communication Dir. for Diocese of Duluth.

Bishop Paul Sirba lead parts of the vigil with help from Father Eric Hastings. The point of the vigil was to ask God to bring peace to those affected by the crisis.

"We may be somewhat powerless in our ability to actually do anything to directly alleviate the suffering of somebody in Syria right now, but at least we can go to God and ask him to do because he is powerful and he can do those things," said Eller.

Critchley-Menor used the vigil as an opportunity to teach her kids the importance of learning about violence and how to come up with a solution to the problem.

"[I brought] my kids and teach them that we have a responsibility to be aware of violence in the world and then pray and create other solutions to violence in the world," she said.

More than 50 people gathered at St. Benedict's in Duluth to participate in the vigil.

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