Pope Francis Visits Armenian Genocide Memorial
Posted by feww on June 25, 2016
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The Armenian Genocide: The first genocide of the 20th century
Pope Francis paid tribute on Saturday to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred in 1915 genocide.
“Here I pray, with pain in my heart, so that never again will there be tragedies like this, so that humanity does not forget and knows how to overcome evil with good,” he wrote in the guest book at the Genocide Memorial and Museum in Yerevan on Saturday.
“May God protect the memory of the Armenian people! Memory cannot be stifled or forgotten! Memory is a source of peace and future!”
On Friday, he described the slaughter of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman Turks as an act of “genocide.”
“During a Mass marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths in April 2015, he said the events were “the first genocide of the 20th century,” echoing a phrase first used by Pope John Paul II in a 2001 joint declaration ahead of his own trip to Armenia,” said a report.