Pope describes Armenian killings as ‘genocide’ on 100th anniversary

On the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians, Pope Francis has described the mass killing by the Ottoman Empire as “the first genocide of the 20th century.” The move could strain diplomatic ties with Turkey.

Pope Francis addressed the systematic killing, which took place a century ago, during a mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Sunday. Also attending the mass, which included elements of the Armenian Catholic rite, was Armenian patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni and the country’s President Serzh Sargsyan.

“In the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the 20th century’, struck your own Armenian people,” the pontiff said, citing a 2000 statement signed by late pontiff John Paul II and the Armenian patriarch.
 
 
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