- Feb 23, 2020
Pope Francis will visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex during a three-day visit to the country in June.
ROME — Although no date has been set, a Vatican spokesman confirmed Pope Francis is considering a trip to Armenia during the second half of June, a year after causing a diplomatic incident by calling the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians in the early 1900s a genocide. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico
Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated a Mass honoring the memory of the Armenian martyrs, and hours after Turkey recalled its ambassador to the Vatican.
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ROME — Looking ahead to a Vatican Mass Sunday commemorating the 100th anniversary of mass killings regarded by Armenians as a genocide and by Turks as a civil war, Pope Francis walked a diplomatic tightrope on Thursday, decrying “martyrdom and persecution” suffered by Armenians but avoiding the explosive “g” word.
Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a service in the Armenian Catholic rite to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a mass killing of Armenians in the early 20th. He has long been aware of the calamity that befell Turkey’s Armenian minority, having led an ecumenical service of remembrance in Buenos Aires in 2006.