Pope Francis to commemorate 100th anniversary of beginning of World War I [CWN]

Addressing 50,000 members of Italy’s national military police who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis announced that he would travel to Italy’s World War I War Memorial in …


June 28 is coming up. The 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip and a group including five other Serbians a Bosnian Muslim.

The license plate of the car A III 118 - has fascinated people as the War precipitated by the act of terror ended with an
Armistice (A)

on 11/11/(19)18.

Or A111118.

Or November 11, 1918 if you will (at 11:11 am Western Front time)!



There have been quotes that attribute war and wars to being a part of God’s justice.
Considering how much worse our society is in some ways to the world circa 1914, this thought makes me gulp.

That concept of God’s justice possibly needing to be satisfied was once famously visited by President Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural speech (just before he himself was killed). I wonder if Pope Francis will offer something profound like this.

Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether”

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations. ** – Abraham Lincoln (from his second inaugural address) **

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