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Vatican position on Armenian Genocide unchanged: official

Vatican position on Armenian Genocide unchanged: official

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkish media reports suggesting that the Vatican has stepped back from Pope Francis’ message on the Armenian Genocide are totally false, Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tigran Balayan said in tweet.

Turkish ambassador to the Vatican, Mehmet Paçacı, returned to his post at the Holy See after a ten-month absence following the historic Mass held by Pope Francis in honor of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide on April 12, 2015.

Turkey summoned the ambassador after Pope Francis remembered the Armenian Genocide, spoke about the consequences of forgetting and denial, and proclaimed the Armenian Saint Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Church, during the April 2015 Mass.

Tanju Bilgiç, spokesperson of the Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, said the decision for the ambassador’s return to the Vatican came after the Holy See praised “Turkey’s willingness to open its archives” in a statement.

According to the spokesman, the Vatican hailed Turkish initiative of opening the archives in order to arrive jointly at a better understanding of historical events, including the “tragic events of 1915.”

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