This large, signed photo blessing of Pope Benedict XV is one of several artifacts belonging to or associated with the Pope featured on Papal Artifacts/Benedict XV.
Papal Artifacts honors the memory and gift to our Church of Pope Benedict XV, a man whom Benedict XVI honored in 2005 by taking his name.
Pope Benedict XV, the Peace Pope, & the Armenian Genocide of 101 Years Ago:
In September of 1915, Pope Benedict XV was the only sovereign to publicly intervene in favor of the Armenians. He sent a letter to Sultan Mohammed V in which he highlighted the seriousness of the massacres and asked, in vain, for them to stop. According to the Vatican’s files, other letters would follow with the same results.
“We’re told of entire populations of villages and cities being forced to abandon their homes and moved with untold hardship and suffering to distant concentration camps,” the 1915 letter says. “We exhort to your magnanimous generosity to have pity and intervene in favor of this people.”