Serzh Sargsyan

Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing genocide

Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing genocide

Pope Francis has called for reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia a century after the Turkish slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War I, but he was condemned on Saturday by a Turkish politician for describing the killings as “genocide.”

 Addressing a crowd of 50,000 in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on Saturday during a three-day visit to the country, Francis called on Armenia and Turkey to take up “the path of reconciliation” and overcome simmering resentment over the 1915 massacre by the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor to modern Turkey.

Turkey has long bridled at the use of “genocide” to describe the...

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