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Pope Francis Calls Armenian Deaths “First Genocide of 20th Century”

posted on April 13, 2015

At The Wall Street Journal, Francis X. Rocca and Emre Peker report on the political backlash following Pope Francis’s Sunday speech, in which he called the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks the “first genocide of the 20th century.” The pope linked Armenia with recent attacks on Christians in Muslim-majority nations, the authors report, eliciting anger in Turkey, which refuses to call the deaths “genocide.” As the centenary of the massacre approaches, Francis’s remarks are also timely in the U.S., where 40 members of Congress are urging formal recognition of the genocide.

Read at The Wall Street Journal