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Turkey returns ambassador, who was recalled after Pope spoke of Armenian genocide

February 04, 2016

The government of Turkey has returned its ambassador to the Holy See, who had been recalled last year in protest after Pope Francis spoke about the Armenian genocide.

The Pontiff incurred the displeasure of the Turkish government-- which has never acknowledged the deaths of 1.5 milllion Armenians in 1915-- by saying that killings were the first genocidal campaign of the 20th century. The Pope made that remark as Armenians prepared to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre.


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