GREEN BAY- Prayers for peace: That is what brought dozens of people here to St Francis Xavier Cathedral Saturday evening, hoping for a non-military resolution to the conflict in Syria.
“We as a nation and a world really need to come together and invoke a higher power right now with this just crazy thing that's going on,” said Maria DeMuese of Green Bay as she entered church.
Area Catholics gathered for an hour that included song, group prayers, and silent reflection.
“Pope Francis issued the call for people to come together and pray for peace, so we wanted to do our part along with millions around the world,” said Phil Lawson, the Young Adult Program Director for the Diocese of Green Bay.
The faithful in Green Bay say they stand with the more than 70,000 who gathered with Pope Francis in St. Peters Square in Rome Saturday, to pray for a peaceful end to the conflict.
This comes on the brink of big decisions this coming week in Washington.
President Barack Obama spoke Friday at the G-20 Summit in Russia, saying while military action might be necessary, he is not pushing for war.
"I got elected to end wars, not to start them. And I've worked hard for the last four and a half years doing everything I can to reduce our reliance on military power as a means of meeting our international obligations and protecting the American people,” the president said.
The faithful say they hope this showing of solidarity sends a quiet message for peace.
“You can call your politicians, you can write them you can email them you can petition them, but I also think it's really important that we pray for them,” said Emma Janssen, an organizer of the vigil.
The faithful who gathered here say they will continue to pray for elected officials, as Congress heads back to Washington this week to discuss possible military action in Syria.
President Obama said he will address the nation about Syria in a prime-time speech Tuesday evening.
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