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    Pope Benedict XV Photograph Signed, an albumen photograph (4.5" x 5.25") of the pope mounted on a sheet, 8.5" x 12.25", Rome, January 7, 1920, in Spanish. The inscription below the photograph is an Apostolic Benediction to "Da. Francisca Brienet va de Espana" in the pope's hand. It is signed below the benediction. Mounting residue on the reverse, else fine. Benedict XV's pontificate (1914-1922) was dominated by World War I, which he termed "the suicide of Europe", and its turbulent aftermath. Benedict's first encyclical extended a heartfelt plea for an end to hostilities. His early call for a Christmas truce in 1914 was ignored. The Pope organized significant humanitarian efforts and made many unsuccessful attempts to negotiate peace, but these pleas for a negotiated peace made him unpopular, even in Catholic countries like Italy, among many supporters of the war who were determined to accept nothing less than total victory. Framed in an elegant sterling silver presentation frame to an overall size of 10" x 13".


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