A hundred years ago, Giovanni Bergoglio fought in some of the fiercest battles of the First World War. Luckily he survived, but his grandson Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, remembers how the old man would only speak of the ‘painful memories’ of the Great War. And today the pontiff made a holy pilgrimage to Italy’s largest war memorial to pay homage to the sacrifices made by Giovanni and millions of others.
Standing amid row upon row of tombstones dedicated to Italian soldiers who fell during the First World War, Francis reiterated his calls for peace among nations amid new threats from the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
He recalled the trauma suffered by his own grandfather, who fought during Italy’s bloody campaign along the Isonzo River, close to the graveyard, before emigrating to Argentina after the war.
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