- Feb 17, 2020
Catholic priests, brothers and seminarians, along with clergy from other denominations, were sent to Dachau because they posed a threat to the Nazi regime.
Alcide De Gasperi was an Italian Prime Minister after WWII, the builder of bridges between the U.S. and Europe, and among the founders of the European Union. Quoted by popes and admired by many Catholic politicians he might, one day, even be a saint.
Relatives of the first chaplain to die in World War II accepted the Silver Star on his behalf 76 years to the day after he died saving 12 sailors during the Pearl Harbor attack.
As the sainthood cause of Don Luigi Sturzo, a famed Italian priest who championed the anti-fascist cause during World War II, now shifts from the diocesan phase to the Vatican, some may be tempted to see him as an ideal “Pope Francis” candidate. Yet in some ways, it’s the differences in approach between Sturzo and Francis that may be most interesting.
The ‘Be the Difference – Never Again’ highlights those who risked their lives to save others during WWII, including the soldiers buried in the military cemetery in Nettuno, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Thursday. Its mission is to inspire people to take action in their lives and focus on events in history that demonstrate the power an individual has to make a difference in someone’s life.
Pope Francis is visiting a cemetery for American war dead this year on All Souls’ Day, and Americans are naturally inclined to wonder if he’s trying to make some sort of statement about the U.S. or its role in the world by doing so. As it turns out, however, the stop at Nettuno won’t even be the most important thing he does that day, and this may not be all about us.