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Pope Pins Xll Condemns

Invasions "Against Will and Rights" of Belgium, Holland and Luxemburg

On Saturday morning Pope Pius XII telegraphed the following messages to the Sovereigns of the three neutral States invaded by Germany on the previous day.

To King Leopold of the Belgians: " At the moment when, for the second time against its will and its right, the Belgian people sees its territory exposed to the cruelties of war, her boundary moved, we send your Majesty and all your well-beloved nation the assurance of our paternal affection; and in prayer to God, the All Powerful, that this hard trial may end in the reestablishment of Belgium's complete liberty and independence, we send with all our hearts to your Majesty and your people our Apostolic Benediction." To Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands: " Learning with profound emotion that the efforts of your Majesty for peace have not been able to preserve your noble country from becoming, contrary to its desire and right, the theatre of war, we call upon the Supreme Arbiter of the destiny of nations to hasten through His all-powerful aid the re-establishment of justice and liberty." " In this sad moment, when the people of Luxemburg find themselves enveloped in this torment of war, we feel ourselves nearer to them in our hearts in imploring of all their heavenly patrons aid and protection so that they may live in liberty and independence.

" We send your Royal Highness and your faithful subjects our Apostolic Benediction." To the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxemburg:




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