02/11/17- Pope Francis visits Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

02/11/17- Pope Francis visits Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

Postby Alice » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:17 pm

Thursday 2 November 2017

Pope at U.S. Cemetery: the world is at war once more and prepares to go ever deeper

Pope Francis commemorated All Souls Day visiting the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery amongst the remains of 7,861 fallen World War II soldiers and Red Cross nurses buried there.

He prayed for all the deceased victims of war, especially those who lost their lives during the liberation of Sicily and battle of Anzio between 1943 and 1944. Pope Francis reflected on hope amidst times of suffering and loss.

POPE FRANCIS
“Hope often is born and puts its roots in so many human sores, in so much human pain. That moment of sorrow, of plague, of suffering makes us look at Heaven and say, 'I believe my Redeemer lives, but no more, Lord.' That is the prayer that maybe comes out of us all when we look at this graveyard.”

The pope said many times in history, men think that war will solve problems, but instead, it “ends in hell:” and only causes more pain and loss. He once again mentioned the “piecemeal war” that is currently taking place in society.

POPE FRANCIS
“Men do everything to declare and make war. At the end, they destroy themselves. This is war: the destruction of ourselves. Today the world is at war once more and prepares to go ever deeper into war. No more, Lord. With war, all is lost.”

He ended by praying for the dead of today, the victims of war and especially the innocent children who die, saying “the fruit of war is death.”




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Pope in Fosse Ardeatine: May the memory of the fallen strip us of indifference

A few minutes after five o'clock in the afternoon, Pope Francis arrived at the "Fosse Ardeatine" near Rome, where many people waited affectionately for him.

The pope was accompanied by representatives of the Jewish community and by members of the army, who explained the significance of the monument that presides over this grand tomb.

"That monument, with those three people, symbolizes every age of the 335 victims who were young, children, adults and the elderly."

In 1944, here in the outskirts of Rome, the Nazi army executed 335 people. It was a reprisal ordered by Hitler himself in response to the attack of the partisans against 31 Nazi soldiers. Hitler ordered the killing of at least 10 Italian civilians for each German soldier.

At the site of the massacre, the pope silently meditated in deep prayer for a few minutes. At the same spot and, in groups of five, the Nazis murdered their victims with a shot in the neck.

Then Pope Francis went through the caves to the room where the 335 people are buried, 12 of which could never be identified. There he walked in silence and left a white rose on some of the graves where men, women and children are buried. Exactly 68 soldiers and 255 civilians were killed, 73 of them were Jews.

Before the tombs, the pope voiced a moving prayer.

POPE FRANCIS
"Make, oh Lord, so that in this place consecrated to the memory of those fallen for freedom and justice we remove 'the shoes' of selfishness and indifference."

Before leaving, Pope Francis autographed the honor book held in the grand tomb. He left a message saying he regrets "these are the fruits of war: hatred, death and vengeance" and he concluded with a request: "Forgive us Lord."




Both reports and videos with very kind permission from Rome Reports TV News Agency

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