Loyola University lifts prayers for peace in Syria

President Obama to address Syria crisis on Tuesday

BALTIMORE - Students at Loyola University closed their books and opened their hearts on Saturday.

The university's campus ministry organized a prayer service for peace in Syria.

Pope Francis called on Catholics around the world to have a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria.

Loyola students answered the call.  They stood in solidarity, held hands, and let their voices be heard across the campus.

"It's hard to do that alone," said Tommy O'Donnell, an organizer of the event.

O'Donnell is a junior at Loyola University studying English and theology.  He is from Catonsville and graduated from Mount St. Joe.

O'Donnell told ABC2 News he helped organize the event so people did not feel like they had to pray by themselves.

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"We just wanted to offer students and people around the city a chance to do that in community," O'Donnell explained.

The community took him up on the offer.  Dozens of people linked -- they said the Lord's prayer.

One student said she wanted to make sure people in Syria knew that the world wants peace for their country.

Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, joined the pope in the call for peace in Syria.  Lori is urging Catholics in Maryland to fast and pray.

Archbishop Lori invited area Catholics to visit any Catholic church on Saturday between 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. -- the same time Pope Francis led a prayer vigil in Saint Peter's Square in Rome.

"Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace," Pope Francis said when he announced the day of prayer.  "All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace…peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity."
 
President Barack Obama is planning to address the nation on the crisis in Syria on Tuesday.
 
Recent data obtained from ABC News shows Congress remains skeptical of the president's plan to attack Syria for the use of chemical weapons on its own people.

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President Obama, just back from a trip to Russia, failed to convince G-20 summit leaders of his action.
 
"We are the United States of America...We cannot turn a blind eye to images like the ones we've seen out of Syria," President Obama explained in a video posted on the White House website.
 
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