Skip to comments.Pope Francis pays tribute to 'heavy sacrifice' of soldiers on 70th anniversary of D-Day landings
Posted on 06/06/2014 9:56:54 AM PDT by rrstar96
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for present generations to show gratitude for the heavy sacrifice of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy to fight against Nazi barbarism and free occupied France during World War II.
He also states that it should serve as a reminder that excluding God from the lives of people and societies can bring nothing but death and suffering and he calls on the people of Europe to find their roots and future hopes in the Gospel of Christ.
The Holy Fathers words are contained in a message signed by his Secretary of State , Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the Catholic Church in France on the occasion of a prayer service for the seventieth anniversary of World War IIs Normandy landings.
On June 5th 1944 around 156,000 Allied troops, landed on Normandy's beaches in one of World War Two's key turning points. Between 2,500 and 4,000 Allied troops are thought to have died the next day.
In the message, Pope Francis pays tribute to these soldiers. He also writes that he does not forget the German soldiers dragged into this drama, like all victims of war. As many as 9,000 Germans are also estimated to have lost their lives.
Pope Francis states that present generations should express their full gratitude to all those who made such a heavy sacrifice. He also writes that by educating future generations to respect all men and women created in the image of God and passing down memories to them, it is possible to hope for a better future.
The Pope stresses that commemorations such as these remind us that excluding God from the lives of people and societies can bring nothing but death and suffering and European nations can find in the Gospel of Christ, the Prince of peace, the root of their history and a source of inspiration for establishing ever more fraternal relations and solidarity.
In conclusion, the Pope entrusts to the path of peace to the protection of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross - co-patron of Europe - and the Virgin Mary.
Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.
So Francis didn’t sign this. I wonder how common it has been prior to Pope Francis for the Pope’s secretary to speak for the Pope.
It just seems like every time, I agree with this Pope and the message is clear, he really didn’t sign it. Only the stuff I don’t agree with the Pope on is actually said by Pope Francis without his Secretary of State involved in the wording.
“to fight against Nazi barbarism and free occupied France during World War II.”
Wonder how he feels about the US soldiers killed by the French in North Africa two years before; apparently they didn’t want to be liberated. I was surprised to see a show on TV that actually described tank battles against the French Renault tanks; hard to reconcile with the myth of a French “ally” (propagated by the absurd scene in “The Big Red One” where a couple of French troops briefly resist the Operation Torch landings).