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Pope's recognition of Armenian genocide changed world opinion, prelate says

July 09, 2015

Pope Francis “has changed the attitude of the entire world” by his public mention of the Armenian genocide, according to the Armenian Catholic Archbishop Raphael François Minassian.

The slaughter of 1.5 million Armenian Christians in 1915 still has an effect on the people today, Archbishop Minassian said in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need. But he said that the Pope’s statement—made during a Mass he celebrated in April to commemorate the victims of the genocide—have “encouraged us to pursue reconciliation” and to “recover what we have lost.”

Archbishop Minassian, who cares for the pastoral needs of Armenian Catholics in the eastern Europe, said that his community remains faithful despite a lack of material resources. He said that Armenian Catholic Church works closely with the Armenian Apostolic Church, in “perfect” cooperation.


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