By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Sep 7, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 7, 2013
Omaha, NE -- On Saturday night, people gathered at the steps of St. John Catholic Church on Creighton's campus. They were joining Pope Francis in fasting and praying for Syria.
For just three weeks, Tony Homsi has called the U.S. home.
"I posted something on our website in Arabic from here in Omaha to speak with my family and friends," said Homsi.
He's a student at Creighton University studying digital journalism.
He is a Jesuit scholar and is about eight years away from being ordained.
"I think these days it's more important to contact with people, with the internet," said Homsi.
While Omaha is where Homsi lives now, home and his family are a half a world away in Syria.
"God helps me adapt to this," said Homsi. "It's hard. Here I feel safe. They are in danger. I pray for them. It's not that easy."
On Saturday night, Homsi was joined by his new parish to do the only thing they can.
"What happens in one place of the world affects everybody else," said Marylyn Felion, who attended the service. "We know that. So if millions of people are fasting and praying at the same time, then hopefully there will be a shift in the universe, and we will find a better way to respond."
Prayer and hope are the two weapons the group believes can change the course in Syria.
"We can move mountains, actually, with prayer," said Homsi. "I experienced that before, during my life with my family, with my friends. I hope God will listen to us today."
Over 100 people attended the prayer service.