By Theodore Shoebat
Pope Francis just did something that infuriated the Antichrist nation of Turkey: he exposed the Armenian Genocide. I did a whole video on this:
According to one report:
Turkey told the Vatican it was “deeply sorry and disappointed” that Pope Francis had called the 1915 mass killings in Armenia a genocide, adding it had caused a “problem of trust.”
The pope made the comments earlier yesterday during a Mass marking the 100th anniversary of the killings.
Muslim Turkey accepts that many Christian Armenians died in clashes with Ottoman soldiers beginning in 1915, when Armenia was part of the empire ruled from Istanbul, but denies this amounted to genocide.
It was the first time a pope has publicly pronounced the word “genocide” for the massacre, repeating a term used by some European and South American countries but avoided by the United States and some others to maintain good relations with an important ally.
In 2001, Pope John Paul II and Armenian Apostolic Church Supreme Patriarch Kerekin called it “the first genocide of the 20th century.” Francis, who has disregarded many aspects of protocol since becoming pope two years ago, uttered the phrase during a private meeting at the Vatican with an Armenian delegation in 2013, prompting a strong protest from Ankara.
In November, the Argentine-born pontiff visited Turkey as part of his efforts to solidify relations with moderate Muslim states.
At the start of the Armenian rite Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis described the “senseless slaughter” of 100 years ago as “the first genocide of the 20th century,” which was followed by “Nazism and Stalinism.”
He said genocide continues today against Christians “who, on account of their faith in Christ or their ethnic origin, are publicly and ruthlessly put to death – decapitated, crucified, burned alive – or forced to leave their homeland.”