This tragedy, this genocide, unfortunately, marked the beginning of the sad series of major disasters of the last century.
After that, the head of the Catholic Church, together with representatives of the Armenian clergy, visited the ancient monastery of Khor Virap, symbolizing the adoption of Christianity by Armenia, and released pigeons in the direction of Mount Ararat, which is now in Turkish territory. This is reported by the Armenian information resource. News.am.
From the German newspaper Q:
Until recently, it was unclear whether the Pope would utter the word "genocide". This word was not used in the official text of his speech, but on the very first day of his visit to Armenia, Francis used this term and called upon the world to never forget about the Armenian genocide.
Attention to this speech by the Pope was so great because last year Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after Francis first used the word "genocide" in relation to events in the Ottoman Empire against Armenians, announced the "mistake" made by the head RCC. Erdogan then stated:
I hope that such mistakes will never happen again.
Francis, visiting Armenia, made it clear that he did not make any reservations or mistakes.
The Armenian authorities turned to the head of the RCC with the request to declassify all documents relating to the Armenian Genocide by the Turks during the First World War.
In Turkey, the use of the word “genocide” by the Pope and the requests of official Yerevan to the Vatican caused a storm of negativity. The softest comments from Turkish politicians and representatives of the press spoke about the statement of Francis as “the position of the crusaders”. That was the phrase used by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Turkish Government Nureddin Janikli in his speech.
Recall that not so long ago the German parliament recognized the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.