Turkey angry at pope after 'genocide' remarks

April 12, 2015 8:55 PM

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Turkey angry at pope after 'genocide' remarks

Pope Francis on Sunday called the slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians the "first genocide of the 20th century," prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador to the Vatican.

Turkey, which denies a genocide took place, swiftly challenged the pope's comments marking 100 years since the start of the killings. Francis made the remarks during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica attended by Armenian President Serge Sarkisian.

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