Pope’s visit to Armenian genocide memorial may strain tensions with Turkey

May 13, 2016 4:48 PM

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Pope’s visit to Armenian genocide memorial may strain tensions with Turkey

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will visit the Armenian Genocide memorial complex during a three-day visit to the country in June, a move that may strain the Vatican’s diplomatic relations with Turkey.

The pope will travel to the Tsitsernakaberd site in southern Armenia on June 25, spending an hour at the memorial, the Vatican announced on Friday (May 13). The complex commemorates up to 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915 and 1923 under the Ottoman Empire.

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