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Pope Francis Armenian Genocide Comment Angers Turkish Government

By Alexandra Ward
Newsmax Media, Florida

Pope Francis intends to visit Armenia in 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the pontiff told a delegation last week.

The pontiff also referred to the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”

At events commemorating the killings’ 91st anniversary in 2006, while he was still a cardinal in Argentina, he said the mass killings were the “gravest crime of Ottoman Turkey.”

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