As news of the Syrian civil war continues to permeate media, Christians around the world are fasting and praying for the country.
Pope Francis led hundreds of thousands across the globe in a mass prayer vigil Saturday, where he urged them to think about how the conflict affects "our history. ... Violence and war lead only to death." He also asked participants not to add to each others' sorrow.
The Pope has been a strong advocate against war, leading a #PrayforSyria movement on his account on Twitter.
"I believe in the strength of prayer, and ... prayer in unity," prayer vigil participant Maria Laura Hernandez told CNN before the mass vigil at the Vatican on Saturday.
Catholic dioceses around the world also joined in the prayer and fasting. Pope John Paul II called a similar vigil in 2003 before the Iraq war.
Pope Francis also urged this week on his Twitter account - with plenty of #prayforpeace hashtags - that "we ought never to lose hope. God overwhelms us with his grace, if we keep asking."