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.
"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.