The Vatican is among a growing number of states referring to the killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a hundred years ago as genocide. Pope Francis is on a three-day visit to Armenia.
On a visit to the Tzitzernakaberd museum, Pope Francis has honored the memory of more than a million Armenians killed a century ago. He then held a mass within sight of Mount Ararat.
Pope Francis has repeated his denunciation of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman forces a century ago as 'genocide.' Turkey has responded with anger towards those who have used the term.
Pope Francis has met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and asked forgiveness for the "sins and failings" of the Catholic Church and its members. Some priests fanned and aided the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis.
Germany and Turkey have sought to prevent a Bundestag resolution on the Armenian genocide from becoming a destructive political crisis. The two allies have a lot to lose from strained relations.
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