The Bell of Peace

Passing through Roveretto, I was taken to visit "The Bell of Peace". I could not avoid remembering the words of the prophet Isaiah 2,4: 
"They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, no longer will they learn how to make war." 

Fusa con il bronzo dei cannoni di tutte le nazioni che parteciparono al primo conflitto mondiale, vincitori e vinti, secondo il progetto del sacerdote roveretano don Antonio Rossaro, "Maria Dolens" (questo il suo nome di battesimo) è la più grande campana esistente al mondo che suona a distesa per invocare pace e fratellanza fra tutti i popoli del mondo.

Issata sul torrione Malipiero del castello di Rovereto nel 1924, dopo il restauro del 1965 trova una sua più adeguata collocazione sul Colle Miravalle, luogo più adatto ad accogliere i numerosi gruppi in visita alla campana, ma anche alle cerimonie di pace che frequentemente si celebrano e che coinvolgono tutte le nazioni del mondo. Fu benedetta da Papa Paolo VI nel 1965.

Tutte le sere cento rintocchi si diffondono nella valle per ricordare i caduti di tutte le guerre e portare un messaggio di pace.

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The Bell of Peace, placed on the Miravalle hill in the city of Rovereto, has been ideated and wanted by the priest from Rovereto Father Antonio Rossaro after the Great War as an eternal symbol of condemnation of conflicts, pacification of consciences, brotherhood between men, solidarity between peoples. It has been made with the bronze of the cannons offered by the Countries that took part to the First World War and it rang the first toll on October 4th 1925 in front of the King Vittorio Emanuele III.

During these years it made its voice clear, striking every evening the one hundred tolls reminding life and peace.
Authorities, Presidents and Ambassadors, together with citizens from many Countries, paid homage and keep listening to it as it was their consciousness voice. Already eighty-four Nations have put their flags around Maria Dolens, the proper name of the bell, along the Viale delle Bandiere and in the Piazza delle Genti, to testify, in a visible way, the loyalty to a message, to a sort of “Peace Agreement”.

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