Pope (1854-1922) who reigned from 1914 until his death. Benedict's pontificate was dominated by World War I, which he termed 'the suicide of Europe.' Maintaining strict neutrality, he advanced several peace proposals and did much to aid war victims. ANS in Italian, signed “Benedictus PP XV,” one page, 7.25 x 3, July 17, 1921. Handwritten indulgence by Pope Benedict XV, with manuscript translation below, in part: "We grant the hundred days indulgence to the Faithful who shall recite the 'Gloria Patri.'" In very good to fine condition, with staining, light creasing, and minor surface loss.
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