Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord God, existed from the time of the Passion of our Lord.
|Blessed Pope Pius IX|
|Count Pellegrino Rossi, |
papal Prime Minister murdered by red revolutionaries in cold blood...
|Angelo Brunetti |
who brutally murdered Count Rossi in cold blood on the steps of the Cancelleria
Brunetti who, like most Italian nationalists, hated Catholic Austria that ruled northern Italy, was captured by Austrian police trying to commit more terrorist acts and was justly tried, convicted and shot.
The Pope responded from his exile by excommunicating all active participants.
The Republic was openly hostile to the Catholic Church, celebrating Good Friday with huge fireworks on Saint Peter's Plaza and desecrating Saint Peter's Basilica on Easter Sunday with a secular Republican victory celebration.
|Blessed Pope Pius IX, |
disguised as a simple priest, escapes the murderous Italian nationalist revolutionaries by fleeing from the back of the papal palace to a coach which takes him into exile to Gaeta in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies...
“The Pope does not deem it expedient to bind himself by a vow; instead his Holiness is pleased to extend the feast [of the Precious Blood] immediately to all Christendom”.
|Pope St Pius X who tried to prevent the Great War from breaking out...|
|Blessed Emperor Charles of I of Austria tried to send the Great War...|
They did not succeed.
The road to Bapaume was defended largely by Australian troops, many of them Catholics, and they were slaughtered horribly, hallowing the earth of France with the precious blood of young men in the first bloom of adult life.
A memorial to the fallen Australians stands today, at Villers-Brettoneaux, high on a hill overlooking the Somme river, a name now so redolent with the loss of precious young blood.
“‘the Somme' remains the most harrowing place-name”
in the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
|Millions of women learned by cold telegram of the death of their husbands, sweethearts, brothers and sons killed in that most brutal war that deprived so many women of future husbands and families and the nation of its best young men...|
The battle was largely in vain since any ground gained was later re-taken by the Germans.
The first day of Battle of the Somme is a paradigm for the whole war: a war engineered by sour, old men, secularists by and large, seeking the end of Christian monarchy and not caring how many young men they killed in the process.
|Battlefield graveyard and cemetery of the First World War in France...|
It was a war that wrecked the remnants of Christendom and opened the way for the horrors of Communism and Nazism.