EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- On Saturday night at "Our Lady of Pompeii Church" residents came together to focus on praying for peace in Syria.
"It's a delicate time in our world, partially in Syria, but in conflicts throughout the world, and close to home and overseas. This is the moment of grace, each moment we turn to our Lord, we turn to God and we ask God for his help, his protection," said Father John Lavorgna, Pastor of Lady of Pompeii Church.
Local churches all around the world and here at home are holding prayer services for peace in Syria. Parishioners say it's a way of dealing with the situation without violence.
"It's a tremendous crisis, tremendous amounts of violence of war of conflict in so many ways, on so many levels, and it's very complicated and that's why God's guidance is so necessary," said Lavorgna.
The Lady of Pompeii church opened its doors for prayer service. Dozens of Roman Catholic worshippers from all over Connecticut came to pray for peace in Syria.
"I think Pope Francis was really great in calling for the whole world to pray on this special, special day," said Lorraine Greski.
The prayer service focused on unity.
"We have to pray and try to support the people, especially those who are suffering," said Robert J. Rousseau, Pastor of Saint Augustine Church, North Branford.
"There's something on the inside, there's the instinct of the heart to pray for those who are hurting, for those in harms way, for those who might be suffering in some way. So now is the moment our holy father Pope Francis has called to this through his leadership and its being done in a beautiful way," said Lavorgna.
Parishioners and worshippers say violence is not the answer.
"If all of these people, or many people around the world are praying and fasting, I think It's going to be far more powerful than any military weapons that we can use," said Sandy Pisani.
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