Catholic News Service
Rou'a, 10, from Daraya in Syria, plays on a swing with her cousin Abdullah, 2, at a refugee settlement in Lebanon.
Catholic News Service
Rou'a, 10, from Daraya in Syria, plays on a swing with her cousin Abdullah, 2, at a refugee settlement in Lebanon.
BEAVERTON — Catholics who attended a recent peace vigil here brought signs asking for a peaceful, non-violent resolution to the Syrian crisis. As the U.S. appeared to be preparing for military intervention, peace activists at the vigil expressed concern over the consequences of another war in the Middle East.

"The world community needs to come together to work towards a diplomatic, peaceful solution to end the violence," said Lisa Stiller

"We should pursue a nonviolent solution, as we would beginning a Middle East war that we couldn't end," said Marshall LeComb.

"Bombs are never the answer," added Barbara LeComb, whose sign said "Syria, seek a nonviolent solution."

Within days, a plan emerged that would remove chemical weapons from Syria without bombing. The agreement is still being worked out and President Obama says U.S. strikes are still an option.