Early in December 1914, Pope Benedict XV, elected to the Papacy only three months before, fervently sought a temporary silencing of the guns that had shattered Europe since August. Let “them fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang,” he urged the warring powers. Benedict’s plea fell on deaf ears, but informally, the spirit of the season managed to exert its power inexorably upon the already battle weary and homesick combatants. Notwithstanding the official government ruling, it would be up to those who bore the greatest burdens to decide whether a break from the fighting was warranted.
"The Night the Angels Sang: Christmas 1914 At Home and On the Front,"
Saber and Scroll: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.apus.edu/saberandscroll/vol4/iss1/3
*Please note that the Recommended Citation provides general information for citation.
This citation may not be appropriate for your discipline. To locate the correct citation style for APUS programs and receive citation help, visit http://apus.campusguides.com/writing/citation.