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When will we learn war isn’t the answer?

As we remember the First World War and honor those who died in its cause, it is useful to recall that one of the sole major voices actively and forcefully speaking out to prevent this war from starting was Pope Benedict XV (the forgotten pope) who not only called for restraint and condemned the carnage but also later prophetically warned that the negative ramifications of the Treaty of Versailles at the conclusion of the war would also sow the seeds for future wars due to its vindictiveness.

One hundred years later, Pope Francis has made a similar plea by reminding us that “never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war. Violence begets violence.” When will we ever learn?

Dennis Patrick Farrell

Hamburg