Armenians heartened by pope’s words on genocide

April 13, 2015 5:40 AM

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Armenians heartened by pope’s words on genocide

Armenians in Greater Boston applauded Pope Francis’ remarks on Sunday describing the mass killings of Armenians 100 years ago as the first genocide of the 20th century, leaving many hopeful that other world leaders will recognize the events that way.

“This is our moment,” said Nancy Kasarjian, 75, of Newton, who sits on the board of the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association Inc. in Jamaica Plain. “This 100th anniversary is about our last real effort to get people to acknowledge and understand what has happened.”

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