The pope takes a side

I can say with some confidence that both sides are wrong.

EU / European Parliament Photo
Pope Francis at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France in 2014.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 04/15/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 04/15/2015 12:00 am EDT

It is with great reluctance that I write about the Armenian genocide, as I know from experience that what I say will infuriate both sides. But it is the hundredth anniversary of the catastrophe this month, and Pope Francis has just declared that the mass killing of Armenian citizens of the Ottoman empire in 1915 was indeed a genocide. Turkey, predictably, has responded by withdrawing its ambassador from the Vatican.

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