Vatican City, May 29, 2016 / 05:19 am
Millions of children have either been killed, displaced or orphaned as a result of Syria's ongoing, bloody civil war.
Some have witnessed bombings, the death of friends and loved ones, and have been forced to leave their homes and villages, seeking refuge in places where soldiers and gunfire don't wake them up at night.
Hundreds of Syrian children, scarred by five years of civil war, will now be the protagonists in a special June 1 prayer event, which takes place on International Children's Day and will join together Christians from both Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Syria to pray for peace.
Backed by both Catholic and Orthodox leaders in Syria, the event will gather hundreds of children from different denominations, who will lead processions in ravaged cities throughout Syria such as Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Tartus and Marmarita.