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Syrian flags are seen near a sign saying "Obama you have no dream, you have a nightmare," as Pope Francis leads a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Sept. 10, 2013) See POPE-SYRIA (UPDATED) Sept. 9, 2013 and PRAYER-SYRIA Sept. 7, 2013.
USCCB Release WASHINGTON — The Administrative Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), of which Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr is a member, issued an urgent call for a political solution to the crisis in Syria. The bishops issued the statement on the first day of their

People from Syria hold up signs before pope leads prayer vigil for peace
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — For the thousands of people who turned out for a solemn vigil in St. Peter’s Square, the power of prayer and hopes for peace are still mightier than the world’s weapons and wars. “Instead of using hatred, we are using prayer