Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican for consultations in an escalating diplomatic row over Pope Francis' use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.
"Our ambassador to the Vatican Mr Mehmet Pacaci is being recalled back to Turkey for consultations," the foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday after earlier summoning the Vatican's envoy to Ankara to the ministry.Pray for the conversion of the nation of Turkey.
The ministry said in a statement that the pope's comments were "null and void" to the Turkish people.
The Turkish people would not recognize the Pope's statement "which is controversial in every aspect, which is based on prejudice, which distorts history and reduces the pains suffered in Anatolia under the conditions of the First World War to members of just one religion," read the statement. (Well,... if the major portion of the people who suffered at the hands of Turkish forces happened to belong to one culture and one religion... perhaps the shoe fits. To the Armenians, the slaughter of 1.5 million countrymen must surely seem like genocide.)
(Pope) Francis made the speech at a Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica to mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians.
"It is necessary, and indeed a duty, to honour their memory, for whenever memory fades, it means that evil allows wounds to fester. Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it," (Francis) said.—Aljazeera.
Fr. Andrea Santoro, Catholic priest. Killed in 2006.
Fr. Adriano Franchini, Catholic priest. Killed in 2007.
Tilman, Necati and Ugur, Protestant missionaries. Killed in 2007.
H.E. Luigi Padovese, Catholic bishop. Killed in 2010.