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The Guardian: Pope Francis calls Armenian massacre ‘first genocide of 20th century’

12. april 2015

Pope Francis marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacre at Sunday's mass, pronouncing it 'the first genocide of the 20th century'. Speaking in the Armenian Catholic rite in St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis says Armenians killed around the time of the first world war must always be remembered. The statement is expected to anger Turkey, who deny the deaths constitute genocide

Pope Francis generated controversy while commemorating the centenary of the Armenian massacre by referring to it as "genocide."