Photo Essay: Pope Francis’ Vigil for Peace in Syria

On September 7, 2013 Pope Francis held a vigil in Vatican City to pray for peace in Syria. Along with one of my roommates, Kevin, I visited this vigil. The experience was profound with what must have been thousands maybe even tens of thousands of people packed into St. Peter’s Square. Many  were on their knees, with others sitting in solemn prayer. I spotted several members of the Franciscan Order in addition to numerous priests and nuns. In the following photos I attempted to capture the mood and feel of the event. I have pictures of both the Pope and of people in the square.

Aspire by API Gap Semester Rome - Spencer C - Vigil 1

 

 

Aspire by API Gap Semester Rome - Spencer C - Vigil 3

 

 

Aspire by API Gap Semester Rome - Spencer C - Vigil 3

 

 

Aspire by API Gap Semester Rome - Spencer C - Vigil 4

 

 

Aspire by API Gap Semester Rome - Spencer C - Vigil 5

 

 

Aspire by API Gap Semester Rome - Spencer C - Vigil 6

 

Aspire by API Gap Semester Rome - Spencer C - Vigil 7

 


This post was written by Spencer C., an Aspire by API student who is currently taking part in a gap semester program in Rome, Italy.  He will be updating the blog periodically throughout his time abroad.

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