World War I

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The Christmas Truce of 1914: Here’s what really happened

Dec 25, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

On a chilly Christmas morning, soldiers from both sides of the trenches clambered over the barbed wire, arms raised, and... Read more

Father Willie Doyle, S.J.

Father Willie Doyle’s cause: fearless in his faith on Flanders Fields

Nov 22, 2022

By Patrick J. Passmore

Father Willie Doyle was an inspiring yet unassuming Irish World War I chaplain. Now his cause for canonization has been... Read more

Archbishop Eamon Martin.

Irish archbishop: The sacrifice of Protestants and Catholics in WWI should unite us

Nov 12, 2018

Irish Protestants and Catholics should see the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day as an opportunity to build peace and reconciliation,... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis marks World War I centenary with message of peace

Nov 11, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The bells of St. Peter’s Basilica rang out in unison with thousands of other church bells around the world Sunday... Read more

World War I.

After 100 years, US Catholicism still bears the stamp of World War I

Nov 11, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

A century after the close of World War I, the war has faded from living memory. But its effects endure.  Read more

The RMS Lusitania, which was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine, May 7, 1915.

How did the Vatican respond to the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI?

Mar 10, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The 1915 torpedoing of the passenger liner RMS Lusitania, which galvanized anti-German sentiment in the US during World War I,... Read more

Benedict XV, circa 1915. Photo courtesy of the United States Library of Congress.

The 'Unknown Pope' – how Benedict XV is relevant today

Sep 3, 2014

Despite a biography title labeling him the “Unknown Pope,”  Benedict XV had a tremendous impact on life of the Church,... Read more

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewburgy preaches at St. Columba's in Chester, Feb. 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

Bishop Davies: Lourdes shrine a light amid war, death

Jul 28, 2014

This weekend, shortly before today's centenary of the beginning of World War I, an English bishop has said that the... Read more

WWI Battle of the Hindenburg Line.

Materialism, 'rejection' of Christianity factors in World War I

Feb 7, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Scholar and author George Weigel proposed that World War I was caused and prolonged not only by political struggles and... Read more