Pope calls for World Peace
Pope Francis has asked the world to shed hatred and apathy and move to rebuild a better and a loving world. He on his visit to Italy, addressed crowds standing below the tall and monumental Redipuglia memorial entombing 100,000 Italian soldiers fallen in World War I, he called on the world to stop all killings and massacres. He addressed the ongoing conflicts, crimes, destruction, threats etc. in different parts of the world as World War III fought in a piecemeal approach which if takes to a larger proportion can mean a devastating war for half the mankind.
He cited the gravity of tension towards which the civilized world is continuously sliding. He pointed towards the growing brutalities and mass-murders being carried out openly in Middle East by the newly emerged Islamic State militants.
Pope has an intimate relation with Italy as his grandfather had fought in the 1915-17 Italian offensive against the Austro-Hungarian empire. His grandfather, Giovanni Carlo Bergoglio, hailed from the Piedmont, was a part of the corps. Bergoglio was a radio operator during the Isonzo campaign which targeted the Austro-Hungarian defences.
In his homily at the memorial, he remembered and prayed for all the victims of all wars till date.
“Today, too, the victims are many,” fallen to behind-the-scenes “interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power,” the pope said.He felt concerned and sad about the human toll of “senseless massacres” and “mindless wars” has been met with apathy. Francis urged: “Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep.”
The Papal visit to the site will renew the interest in the Repiduglia sanctuary which used to have lot of visitors decades ago but due to busy lifestyles and lack of concern, people now hardly visit the site.