The Pope is spared the horrors of war

Sydney Spencer of Cookham reflects on some international news:

August 20th 1914
Sweethayes, Littlewick
Today we have the sad news that the Pope has passed away. [His hostess Miss Lamb] was thankful to Almighty God that He had spared him the horrors of this war. Poor old man, he had done his level best to bring peace about & his voice was altogether neglected.

Diary of Sydney Spencer (D/EX801/12)

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