This article focuses on Pope Benedict XV’s teaching on preaching during World War 1. It is based on three main sources: 1) the encyclical Humani generis redemptionem, published in 1917; the unedited drafts, which have recently been made available from the Vatican Secret Archives; 2) Pope Benedict XV’s speeches to the Lenten preachers in Rome (1914-1922); 3) Codex Iuris Canonici’s canons 1327-1351 (the Codex was also published in 1917). The analysis shows that the main concerns underlying Pope Benedict XV’s teaching on preaching contained nationalism and fought secularization.
Pope Benedict XV. World War 1. Preaching. Nationalism. Secularization. Catholic intransigentism.