Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Pope says ‘genocide’, Turkey says ‘crusader’ Comments 1

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Pope genocide resized

Turkey’s deputy prime minister says Pope Francis reflects a “crusader mentality” for once again using the word “genocide” about a 1915 massacre in Armenia. During a visit to Armenia, Francis used the word in a speech. Francis departed from a carefully prepared text to use the word. As the prepared text indicated, Francis first referred Read more

The Armenian genocide and the message of an Armenian saint Comments 0

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

This Sunday Armenians and people of good will around the world will commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. A century ago millions of men, women and children – including Assyrians and Greeks – were brutally tortured and exterminated upon the direct order and plan of the Ottoman Turkish government, thereby emptying the region of Read more

Pope Francis prays for victims of Istanbul bombing Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
Istanbul bombing

Pope Francis expressed “prayerful solidarity” with victims of the suicide bombing in Istanbul on Saturday. “[Pope Francis grieved] to learn of the casualties caused by the bombing in Istanbul … and he expresses his prayerful solidarity with all touched by this tragedy,” read a telegram to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Read more

Turkey’s new neighbour – DAESH (Islamic State) Comments 0

Friday, December 18th, 2015

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey must feel like a chess grand master playing several games simultaneously. He has far more neighbours and different cultures to contend with than most leaders: eight in all. They are a mixed bag across more than 2600 kms of borders – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Armenia, an Azerbaijan enclave, Georgia, Bulgaria Read more

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