Pope calls Armenian killings 100 years ago 'genocide'

April 12, 2015 9:27 AM

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Pope Francis has called the slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians the 'first genocide of the 20th century."

The pontiff was speaking Sunday at the beginning of a Mass in the Armenian Catholic rite in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, attended by dignitaries including Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, to mark 100 years since the killings.

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