A peacemaker at the Vatican: Benedict XV set out a detailed plan to end the First World War

26 July 2017 | by John Pollard

Benedict XV's peace note


It is 100 years since Pope Benedict XV made a dramatic attempt to end the First World War by sending the rulers of the belligerent powers a “peace note”, offering seven practical bases for a negotiated peace settlement.

From the moment of Giacomo della Chiesa’s election as Pope on 3 September 1914, he had sought to bring the war to an end and to assist its victims, both military and civilian.

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