Tens of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late Saturday, answering Pope Francis' call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and around the world.
The Vatican estimated that about 100,000 took part in the gathering at the square, making it one of the largest rallies in the West against proposed U.S.-led military action in Syria following the alleged Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus.
Francis spent most of the vigil in silent prayer, but during his speech he pleaded for peace and denounced those who are "captivated by the idols of dominion and power," and destroy God's creation through war. Story from Aljazeera America
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