Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

The Armenian Genocide and the witness of martyrs Comments 0

Friday, May 8th, 2015

The twentieth century saw major advances in technology and communications, economy and human rights. It was also the bloodiest century in history. Think of the mass deportations, starvation and extermination of perhaps 14 million people in Stalinist Russia and even more in Maoist China; the Holocaust of 6 million Jews under the Nazis, as well Read more

Turks taking stock of Armenian Genocide Comments 0

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Diyarbakir, Turkey - 06.01.2015: (right): Armen Demircian, a kryptoarmenian from Diyarbakir. Raised as a moslem, he recently discovered his armenian roots and eventually reconverted to christianity to become an Armenian. The photograph is taken in the renovated armenian St. Giragos church in Diyarbakir.

A church like that can help a person, says Armen. It can help them from giving up hope — and that is indeed something. The fact that the church is even standing here — beautiful and steadfast in a place that was only recently the site of ruins — instills a sense of courage, says Read more

Doctors and the Armenian genocide Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The Armenian and Assyrian genocide that took place between 1914 and 1923, along with the Pontian Greek mass murders, provided the template for the Holocaust: forced emigration, expulsions, property confiscations, forced labour, public torture and executions, medical experiments, elementary gassings, starvation and death marches. These resulted in the deaths of up to 1,500,000 Armenians, perhaps Read more

Turkey recalls envoy after Pope’s genocide comment Comments 0

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Turkey has recalled its envoy to the Vatican after Pope Francis described the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in World War One as “genocide”. Turkey has reacted with anger to the comment made by the Pope at a service in the Armenian Catholic Rite in Rome on Sunday. Pope Francis said that humanity Read more

What Pius XII learned from the Armenian genocide Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

One key to understanding how Pius XII responded to the Holocaust – both his hesitation to name both murderers and victims and his efforts to save as many lives as possible – is the Vatican’s diplomacy during World War I when Benedict XV (1914-22) unsuccessfully attempted to save the Armenians during the genocide of 1915-18 Read more

Orthodox and Catholic union all but a formality Comments 0

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The union of Orthodox and Catholic Churches is all but a formality. This is the view of  the Vatican Correspondent for NCR after a momentous meeting between Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. The pair met on the Feast of  St Andrew, at the Church of St Read more

Turkish pope-shooter wants to meet Pope Francis Comments 0

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The man who tried to assassinate  John Paul II wants to meet Pope Francis during the Holy Father’s November 28-30 visit to Turkey. “I had met with a pope before. It is quite normal to meet with him (Pope Francis) as well,” said gunman Mehmet Ali Agca in a written statement. In mentioning his first papal meeting Agca Read more

Gallipoli and the Armenian genocide Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A century ago, in a misconceived encounter on the history-soaked precipices of Asia Minor, the sons of Anzac received their battle initiation against the German-trained forces of the Ottoman Empire. Now, in an annual event that grows in mythology and status in proportion to the passing of the years, is celebrated the shared combat ordeal Read more

No extra security for papal trips despite assassination threats Comments 0

Friday, September 19th, 2014

No extra security measures will be taken during upcoming trips by Pope Francis to Albania and Turkey despite alleged assassination threats. Threats to kill the Pope by the terrorist Islamic State were revealed by Iraq’s ambassador to the Holy See in an interview in an Italian newspaper on Tuesday. But Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, Read more

Turkey unhappy at Pope’s Armenian genocide comment Comments 2

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
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Turkey’s foreign ministry has protested to the Vatican after Pope Francis referred to the mass murder of Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century”. The Pope alluded briefly to the Armenian genocide during a meeting with Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni of Cilicia. An estimated 1 to 1.5 million Armenians died Read more