While thousands gathered in St. Peter’s square with the Pope on Saturday, September 7th, an untold number of others joined in the effort from afar, fasting and praying for God to bring peace in Syria and the Middle East. The last such prayer vigil was in 2003, just before the Iraq invasion, which the Vatican opposed.
The Swiss Guard paraded through the crowd with an icon of the Salus Populi Romani, the Queen of Peace and Protectress of the Roman people. The crowd prayed the rosary, priests heard confessions, and there was a Eucharistic celebration. The service lasted five hours.