Syrian Refugees: Villanova Brings Prayer and Technology to Vigil

Syrians, fleeing a violent civil war, began pouring over the borders of neighboring countries in April 2011. There are now more than 2 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

During the week of November 4, Villanova University’s Catholic Relief Services student ambassadors held a “Week of Solidarity with Syria’s Refugees” to encourage Villanova students to donate emergency relief funds and advocate for increased humanitarian assistance. A student-organized interfaith vigil for the Syrian people was held on November 7 at the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

CRS Ambassadors used iPads, smartphones and a DVD projector to tell the story of the tragedy. Attendees were asked to use their smartphones to make donations to CRS and to tweet about the situation.
All photos by Philip Laubner/CRS

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