Pontiff’s comments are likely to anger Turkey, which denies that the deaths 100 years ago constituted genocide.
Pope Francis marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling it “the first genocide of the 20th century” – a politically explosive pronouncement that is likely to anger Turkey.
Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of the first world war, in what is widely viewed by genocide scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century. However, Turkey denies that the deaths constituted genocide, saying that the toll has been inflated and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.
Turkey’s embassy to the Holy See cancelled a press conference planned for Sunday, presumably after learning that the pope would utter the word “genocide” over its objections.
Several European countries recognise the massacres as genocide, though Italy and the United States have avoided using the term officially given the importance they place on Turkey as an ally.
Source: The Guardian, UK.
Pope Francis is surely an activist head of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the first leader of the Vatican who support the Armenian people, in their struggles to get International recognition of the Turkish genocide dung World War One.
The Pope has chosen his words carefully. He do not call the genocide for an “Islamic slaughter of Christians”. After the Ottoman Turk genocide of the Armenian Christians, only 0,2 per cent of the Turkish population remained believers in Jesus as God.
The Vatican has an embassy in Ankara, and Turkey has an ambassador in the Vatican. There might be diplomatic turbulence in the pipeline. Let us hope and pray that the cowardice US Government and Italy also start to support those who tell the truth about Turkey. An give honor to all Christians who have been slain by the sons of Muhammad.
Let me underline: This website believe the seat of the Pope is a seat of an antichrist. Still we support right moves, even by dangerous world leaders. May it be Putin, the Pope or the King of Saudi Arabia.
May Jesus the Messiah have mercy on all deceived souls.
Written by Ivar
Shalom, and love in Jesus.
Small steps, indeed.
The truth about the witnesses of Jesus, is that they have been martyred throughout history. From Stephen, all the apostles, (less John) and all the pre-Reformation preachers. Today, the blood of the Christian martyrs flows through most of the Islamic nations. In the book of Revelation chapter 6, we can read and understand:
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
(end of scriptures)
The martyrs are not dead. They are alive, parttakers in the ressurrection. They cry out in a load voice to their Master.
It has been estimated that there have been approximately 70,000,000 Christian martyrs since the Resurrection of Christ. No other people group has been as persecuted by Satanically-inspired humanity, in terms of total number of martyrs. Many were felled by the hands of the Roman Catholic “church” which is a complete travesty. And Christians are still being martyred today. Most of them are martyred in Muslim areas but many are or have been martyred by the atheists, in lands controlled by Communism or other despots. There are currently 100,000 Christian martyrs annually.