Cento anni di una strage inutile

09 November 2018, France (France), Compi'gne: 09.11.2018, France, Compi'gne: A historic railway wagon stands in the Armistice Museum near Compi'gne. It is a historical car that was rebuilt after the converted dining car in which France and Germany had signed the armistice on 11.11.1918. Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron will meet on 10.11.2018 in Compi'gne, the place where the ceasefire was signed, to commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
09 November 2018, France (France), Compi'gne: 09.11.2018, France, Compi'gne: A historical tank stands on the site of the armistice memorial near Compi'gne. Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron will meet on 10.11.2018 in Compi'gne, the place where the ceasefire was signed, to commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
09 November 2018, France (France), Compi'gne: 09.11.2018, France, Compi'gne: French security forces stand behind historic armistice memorial at Compi'gne. Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron will meet on 10.11.2018 in Compi'gne, the place where the ceasefire was signed, to commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France (France), Compiegne: With two carrier pigeons, a performer dressed as a World War soldier waits for the bus transport to the memorial near the northern French city of Compi'gne, where Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France, Compiegne: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago near the northern French town of Compi'gne. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France, Compiegne: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago near the northern French town of Compi'gne. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France, Compiegne: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron meet with schoolchildren at the end of the First World War 100 years ago near the northern French town of Compi'gne in memory of their memory. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France, Compiegne: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU, r) and French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd from left) meet with representatives of local institutions after their commemoration near the northern French town of Compi'gne at the end of the First World War 100 years ago. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France, Compiegne: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron embrace near the northern French town of Compi'gne after commemorating the end of the First World War 100 years ago. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France, Compiegne: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago near the northern French town of Compi'gne. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France, Compiegne: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron meet with schoolchildren at the end of the First World War 100 years ago near the northern French town of Compi'gne in memory of their memory. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
10 November 2018, France, Compiegne: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and French President Emmanuel Macron commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago near the northern French town of Compi'gne. The armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 in a converted dining car in the clearing. The memorial is located on this site. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
11 November 2018, Berlin: Archbishop Heiner Koch (2nd from left) and Bishop Markus Dr'ge (r) move into the Berlin Cathedral during an ecumenical service commemorating the end of the First World War. The service is organized by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the German Bishops' Conference (DBK), the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Schlesische Oberlausitz (EKBO) and the Archdiocese of Berlin. Photo by: J'rg Carstensen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
11 November 2018, France (France), Paris: A video screen will show how Chancellor Angela Merkel (r) and Donald Trump, President of the USA, talk. Around 60 heads of state and government are in Paris to commemorate the end of the First World War a hundred years ago. Photo by: Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
HANDOUT - 11 November 2018, France (France), Paris: Donald Trump (M), President of the USA, First Lady Melania Trump (l) and Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in a commemoration ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. Around 60 heads of state and government are in Paris to commemorate the end of the First World War a hundred years ago. Photo by: Guido Bergmann/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Abbracci e cerimonie in Francia in occasione dell’11 novembre 2018, centenario dall’armistizio della fine del primo conflitto mondiale.

In verità, più che un armistizio, si trattò di una capitolazione che portò ad umiliare le nazioni sconfitte preparando  il terreno per la nascita del nazismo e la devastazione del secondo conflitto mondiale.

Oggi come allora, resta più che mai attuale la denuncia a fermare “l’inutile strage” e “il suicidio dell’Europa“.

Questo è ciò che ha detto papa Francesco nell’Angelus di domenica 11 novembre 2018:

«Ricorre oggi il centenario della fine della Prima Guerra Mondiale, che il mio predecessore Benedetto XV definì “inutile strage”. Per questo oggi, alle 13.30 ora italiana, suoneranno le campane in tutto il mondo, anche quelle della Basilica di San Pietro.

La pagina storica del primo conflitto mondiale è per tutti un severo monito a respingere la cultura della guerra e a ricercare ogni mezzo legittimo per porre fine ai conflitti che ancora insanguinano parecchie regioni del mondo. Sembra che noi non impariamo.

Mentre preghiamo per tutte le vittime di quella immane tragedia, diciamo con forza: investiamo sulla pace, non sulla guerra!

E, come segno emblematico, prendiamo quello del grande San Martino di Tours, che oggi ricordiamo: egli tagliò in due il suo mantello per condividerlo con un povero. Questo gesto di umana solidarietà indichi a tutti la via per costruire la pace».

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