On International Children’s Day today (June 1) hundreds of children will join in prayer for the Syrian Christian children who are suffering under Islamic State rule.
According to ChristianToday.com, Pope Francis promoted the event, asking both Orthodox and Catholic Christians to join the prayer effort.
"This Wednesday, June 1, on the occasion of International Children's Day, the Christian Community of Syria, both Catholic and Orthodox, will participate together in special prayer for peace, which will have children as the protagonists," said the Pope.
"The Syrian children invite children from all over the world to unite with them in their prayer for peace," he added.
Christian leaders in Syria will be leading hundreds of children on a prayer march through war torn cities in the region, including Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Tartus, and Marmarita.
Those participating in the prayer effort will pray that “peace may come at last.”
"We implore him, who alone can bring peace: Protect and save the children of this land! Hear our prayers, now! Delay no longer in granting peace to our land! Look upon the tears of the children; dry the tears of the mothers; let the cries of grief at last fall silent!” said a message from Syria’s Catholic and Orthodox leaders.
The prayer event is also supported by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
Publication date: June 1, 2016