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As Vigils Dot Nation, Victims' Fund Raises $1M in Hours

A GoFundMe account has raised more than $1.3M

(Newser) - Across the United States, people gathered Sunday night at vigils honoring the victims of a shooting attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 50 people dead and 53 wounded. In Miami Beach, mourners lit candles, embraced, and waved rainbow flags, the AP reports. Members of LGBT groups... More »

Missouri Town Hosting Vigil for Dead Deer

Some of suburb's residents upset by money being spent to kill deer

(Newser) - Residents of a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., will hold a candlelight vigil for dead deer tomorrow night. It may sound silly, but residents are also protesting the hefty sum that Town and Country officials have paid to thin the animal's population over the last few years. Vigil organizers... More »

100K Throng Vatican for Francis' Syria Vigil

'War is always a defeat for humanity,' pope says during 4-hour vigil

(Newser) - Tens of thousands filled St. Peter's Square for a four-hour Syria peace vigil late yesterday, answering Pope Francis' call for a grassroots cry for peace that was echoed by Christians and non-Christians alike in Syria and vigils around the world. The Vatican estimated about 100,000 took part in... More »

Pope Warns of Technology Without God

Benedict XVI sees 'darkness enshrouding God'

(Newser) - Pope Benedict XVI, carrying a tall, lit candle, ushered in Christianity's most joyous celebration with an Easter vigil service tonight, but voiced fears that mankind is groping in darkness, unable to distinguish good from evil. "Life is stronger than death," he said. "Good is stronger than... More »

Penn State Vigil Honors Victims

Thousands gather on campus

(Newser) - Candles, not police lights , lit Penn State's campus last night as thousands of students and supporters gathered to show support for the victims in the school's child molestation scandal. They observed a moment of silence after the bell tolled at 10pm and listened to several speakers, an a... More »

After 4 Suicides, Calif. Parents Guard Rails

Four Palo Alto teens dead in last 6 months spark vigil

(Newser) - After four teenagers from the same high school committed suicide on the commuter rail tracks that run through Palo Alto, Calif., in just 6 months, parents set up a daily vigil at the offending crossing. When the train comes through—every half hour—there's a nervous pause in the chatting,... More »

Mumbai Marks First Anniversary of Terror Rampage

Candlelight vigils held throughout city in memory of 166 dead

(Newser) - Candlelight vigils and other memorial remembrances are underway in India to mark the first anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks. The three-day rampage left 166 dead, plus nine Islamic militant gunmen. Particularly poignant was a ceremony at the city’s Jewish center, where a rabbi and his pregnant wife were... More »

At Vigil, A Reminder 'to Keep Breathing'

Hundreds attend Fort Hood's first gathering since shooting

(Newser) - Several hundred people gathered at a stadium at Fort Hood tonight, where the Army's chief chaplain offered prayers for families and victims of the shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 30 wounded at the Texas base yesterday. Chaplain Douglas Carver told those at the vigil—many dressed in fatigues... More »

Yale Holds Vigil for Annie Le

(Newser) - Hundreds of students and faculty members turned out tonight on the campus of Yale University, NECN reports, for a candlelight vigil in memory of Annie Le, the 24-year-old grad student found dead yesterday on the New Haven, Conn., campus. Le’s body was discovered inside a wall in a lab... More »

150K Join Tiananmen Vigil in Hong Kong

(Newser) - An annual vigil marking the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre brought a record 150,000 people to a park in Hong Kong, the only place in China to mark the event, reports the BBC. “It is something to remember not only for our generation but for the... More »

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