power august

September 22, 1917 - Germany and Austria Respond Differently to Papal Peace Note

Pictured - A papal nuncio delivers packages from Pope Benedict XV to Italian POWs. But beyond acts of charity the Vatican did not affect the Great War.

Pope Benedict XV had written a letter to the warring powers in August asking them again to consider peace negotiations. Like Woodrow Wilson and the European pacifist movement, the Pope’s attempt to stop the war did not get far.

It, did, however, reveal the growing rift between Austria-Hungary and Germany in their enthusiasm for the war. The two principal Central Powers sent their replies to the Vatican on September 22, with starkly different wording. The Dual Monarchy’s young and devout new emperor, Karl I, responded thoughtfully: “Guided by a spirit of moderation and consideration, we see in the proposals of your Holiness a suitable basis for initiating negotiations with a view to preparing a peace, just to all and lasting, and we earnestly hope our present enemies may be animated by the same ideals.”

The Germans rejected any negotiations outright, on the other hand. Many Germans were not in the mood to negotiate, and there were even calls for harsher demands on the Entente powers. No Allied power supported the peace negotiations either. Both British and French leaders had affirmed their commitment to fighting until Germany was defeated, and even Wilson now believed Germany had to be beaten, to “deliver the free peoples of the world from the menace and the actual power of a vast military establishment controlled by an irresponsible Government.”

Ranger Eclipse Headcanons
  • Billy: made glasses for the rest of them so that they could see it, got themed snacks from his mom, found the prime area on the cliff to view it three days before, is the only one fully ready for the event
  • Jason: broke his pair of glasses within 5 minutes, thankfully there were spares, didn't even know it was happening if he's being honest
  • Trini: Space Nerd™, has memorised 57 new facts about the eclipse and tries to be subtle about slipping it into the conversation, fails, Billy loves it when he finds that she knows more stuff than he does
  • Kim: forgot about it until that morning when Trini called her gushing about the eclipse, decided to buy donuts then got a cookie cutter to make them eclipse shaped, claims that it's the same thing as cooking
  • Zack: asked Billy for another pair of glasses so that he could show his mom the eclipse, was almost late to meeting the rest of them cause he wanted her to get a perfect view, kept making fire nation jokes the whole time

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