Prayer has a way of uniting people across time and space.
This, we have previously witnessed earlier this year when bombings disturbed the relative peace in France, Brussels, and Turkey. READ: #PrayForTurkey: Solidarity Amidst Terror
The world also showed concern on the flight of the Syrians trapped in their home country when the photo of the young Omran circulated over the news and the internet.
We are seeing it again now that a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday.
News reports say there were several hundred tremors after the major quake which killed hundreds and buried people in their sleep. As of the latest tally this Thursday, over 200 were found dead as thousands of rescuers continue to look for survivors.
A witness, quoted by BBC, said the quake felt like “being a ship passing through a storm.”
Dozens of images also surfaced showing collapsed houses and flattened towns.
One of Italy’s most beautiful historic towns, Amatrice, was not spared. Many of its fatalities were even visitors.
Rome, sitting some 150 kilometers away, also felt the quake.
The quake also sent ripples of sympathy from all over the world as netizens took to social media to express their solidarity with Italy.
The hashtag #PrayingForItaly was among the top trends worldwide late Thursday.
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The beautiful thing about prayer is that it reaches places the physical bodies cannot. In times when nothing else can be spared, the least that can be done is to offer a moment of silence, a prayer. The world, it seems, will always be ready to offer one. (Ker Oliva)