Turkey recalls Vatican ambassador after pope's remarks

April 12, 2015 4:43 PM

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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 to mark 100 years since the start of the killings, during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica attended by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan,

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