Germany: One eve of Peace Festival in France, German bishop-president sends message on the centenary commemoration of World War I
17/4/18 - Pax Christi Germany's bishop-president, Bishop Heinz Josef Algermissen, has issued the following message on the eve of the "Faites la paix" festival happening in Arras and Lille France commemorating the end of the First World War.
Greetings from pax christi Germany President Bishop Heinz Josef Algermissen, Fulda,
on the occasion of the centenary of World War II in France,
to sisters and brothers in the dioceses of Arras, Lille and Cambrai
Dear participants in the centenary commemoration of World War I!
One hundred years after the end of the First World War, Europe is torn apart and is looking for unity. Thank you from the heart that you remember the centenary to take the occasion for a sign of European peace, from 19 to 22 April 2018, and your invitation to the German section of pax christi to Arras.
"The war then and the wars today - what is the difference? What can Europe do to contribute to the solution of today's wars?", these are the questions of the lectures and workshops, in addition to worship services and a "human chain" along the former front where the Peace Festival, "Faites la paix / Active for Peace!", will be held.
The city of Arras and the whole region were the scenes of numerous German attacks and the resistance of French, British and American soldiers. Destruction, misery and the death of hundreds of thousands of people were the result. In the last 200 days of World War I, from March to November 1918, the French army lost 908 soldiers per day, the British 510, the U.S. 251 and the German 681...