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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:05 PM

POPE FRANCIS: 'HERE I AM'


Argentina's Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis
  • New pope is Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, who takes the name Pope Francis.
  • Francis, 76, is the first non-European pope in the modern era, the first South American pope and the first Pope Francis.
  • Election comes on first full day of the cardinals' conclave in the Sistine Chapel.
  • New pope, who succeeds Pope Benedict XVI, asks crowd to pray for him.
  • Updates below; full story here; New name is "most stunning"
[Updated at 3:51 p.m. ET] Choosing the name Francis is powerful and ground-breaking, CNN Vatican expert John Allen says.
As noted earlier, this is the first Pope Francis. Also, the name parallels one of the most venerated figures in the Roman Catholic Church, St. Francis of Assisi.
Allen described the name of Pope Francis as "the most stunning" choice and "precedent shattering."
"There are cornerstone figures in Catholicism" such as St. Francis, Allen said. Figures of such stature as St. Francis seem "irrepeatable that there can be only one Francis," Allen added.
Read more about the new name, from CNN's Michael Martinez.
[Updated at 3:48 p.m. ET] The pope's Twitter account is active once again.
Moments after the new Pope Francis addressed the Vatican City crowd, a message on the pope's Twitter account which had been dormant since Benedict XVI stepped down said, "Habemus Papam Franciscum."
That translates, from Latin, as, "We have Pope Francis."

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:09 AM

11:58 14/03/2013 » Society
New Pope urged Turkey to recognize Genocide in 2006


Seven years ago, the newly-elected Pope Francis urged Turkey to unconditionally recognize the Armenian Genocide, Asbarez reported.
During events marking the 91st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Buenos Aires, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio urged Turkey to recognize the Genocide as the “gravest crime of Ottoman Turkey against the Armenian people and the entire humanity.”
On Wednesday, after what is viewed as a short conclave, white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel heralded that a gathering of Catholic cardinals picked a new pope, choosing the first pontiff from the Americas to lead the Roman Catholic Church.
The 76-year-old pope will be called Francis, the 226th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and the first member of the Jesuit order to lead the church and the first none-European pope in more than 1,200 years.
“I would like to thank you for your embrace,” the new pope, dressed in white, said from the white balcony on St. Peter’s Basilica as thousands cheered joyously below. “My brother cardinals have chosen one who is from far away, but here I am,” reported the New York Times.
“Pray for me, and we’ll see each other soon,” the pope told the crowd of more than 100,000 gathered at St. Peter’s Square.


Source: Panorama.am

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:23 AM

Armenian Genocide Issue In Argentina

Buenos Aires Archbishop Called Turkey to Unconditionally Recognize Armenian Genocide
25.04.2006 23:21 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ There ceremony of commemoration of victims of the Armenian Genocide, held by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) was a peculiar beginning of events marking the 91st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, reports the Press Service of the Armenian MFA. The Cardinal urged Turkey to unconditionally recognize the Armenian Genocide as a gravest crime of Ottoman Turkey against the Armenian people and the entire humanity.

A mourning liturgy was served April 24 in Armenian churches of Argentine. Wreaths were laid at Armenian monuments. Youth organizations organized political actions: a procession, which then came to the Turkish Embassy building to protest. British House of Lords former Speaker, baroness Caroline Cox delivered a lecture at the International Book Exhibition. Speaking of this crime against humanity she said the Genocide was not properly recognized in some countries owing to political considerations. She hoped Turkey will finally realize “the importance for the Turkish people to get rid of this load.”

April 24 events marking the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide continues in Argentine. Armenian community members laid a wreath to monument to Argentinean national hero – general San-Martin. A monument opened in the Armenian Square of Buenos Aires dedicated to victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Argentinean media wrote about the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide for several days. April 23 the central 7th channel broadcast a program, dedicated to the Genocide.



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 12:23 PM

HEAD OF "HAY DUT" YEREVAN OFFICE: THE ELECTION OF CARDINAL JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO OF ARGENTINA AS A NEW PONTIFF OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WILL UNDOUBTEDLY PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT OF ARMENIAN ISSUE

ARMINFO
Thursday, March 14, 13:10

The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as a new
pontiff of the Catholic Church will undoubtedly promote development
of the Armenian issue at the world arena, the head of the "Hay Dut"
Yerevan office, Kiro Manoyan, told Arminfo correspondent.

"However, one thing is to be a cardinal and quite another thing is
to be the Pope. Nevertheless, I think that he will go on holding his
position regarding the given issue", - Manoyan said.

To note, the Armenian community in Argentina, a predominantly
Catholic country, took the news with joy, with its members saying that
Archbishop Bergoglio has always been in friendly ties with them and
participated in different events dedicated to the Armenian Genocide,
attended a liturgy conducted by the Catholicos of All Armenians.

Seven years ago the archbishop publicly demanded that Turkey admit
the Ottoman-era Genocide of Armenians.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

Are we setting ourselves yet again for a big surprise disappointment?


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The new Pope has always supported the claims of the Armenian Community

Pope Francis: "We are united in grief over a Genocide that the powerful
empires seek to silence and cover"


Buenos Aires (Diario ARMENIA).- The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario
Bergoglio as Pope Francisco, has provided a glimmer of hope for the
claims of the Armenian people. His sympathy with the Armenian Cause has
led him to show his constant support in events and ceremonies organized
by the Armenian Community in Argentina. He referred to the Armenian
Genocide en several sermons delivered in the Metropolitan Cathedral of
Buenos Aires.

In 2004, during a Mass in memory of the victims of the Armenian
Genocide, the Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said: "We are united in grief
over a Genocide, the first of the twentieth century, a Genocide that
powerful empires seek to silence and cover by all means". Two years
later, on the commemoration of the 91st Anniversary of the Armenian
Genocide, in an ecumenical meeting chaired by Archbishop Kissag
Mouradian, Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Argentina and
Chile, Bergoglio said: "Today we come to pray for the people who are
denied human rights".

http://www.diarioarm...1b5a33350587d62




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Posted 15 March 2013 - 10:56 AM

Armenian Orthodox Patriarch on Pope Francis

FirstThings.com
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Posted by Mark Movsesian

One of the most hopeful aspects of the ecumenical movement of the past
decades has been the growing warmth among Western and Eastern
Christians. Here is part of the letter that the Armenian Orthodox
Patriarch, or Catholicos, Karekin II, sent Pope Francis on his
election:

Dear Brother in Christ,

On the joyous occasion of Your election as successor to the Holy See
of St. Peter, we convey to Your Holiness greetings of fraternal love
and congratulations. We pray that the Lord will grant to your
Holiness a most fruitful pontificate blessed with many ever-lasting
accomplishments for the glory of God and the splendor of the Church of
Christ.

We fondly remember our meetings and prayers together with Your
Holiness in Argentina, during which we came to know you as a good
shepherd, and a courageous, wise, and just Church Leader. We are
happy to avow Your sincere love and affection shown towards the
Armenian people. . . .

It is our prayer that our cooperative efforts will continue to grow
into the future and that the relations between our two sister Churches
will blossom with new achievements for the sake of meeting the
challenges facing humanity, and in promoting and fortifying the
dialogue and solidarity between nations and religions.

You can read the full letter here:
http://www.armenianc...m=2&d=14&lng=en.


Comment in response to this article by Tristyn K. Bloom, March 14th,
2013: "Some might find it interesting that there is a very large
Armenian diaspora in Argentina - the largest in all South America, in
fact. Some are Armenian Apostolic (one of the Oriental Orthodox
Churches, not in communion with the Eastern Orthodox Churches), like
the Catholicos, and some are Armenian Catholic, and in communion with
the Pope."

First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public
Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute
whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy
for the ordering of society.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:36 AM

WHAT'S THE LINK BETWEEN THE NEW POPE AND ARMENIA?

EurasiaNet.org, NY
March 14 2013

March 14, 2013 - 9:08am, by Giorgi Lomsadze

Now that the Roman Catholic Church has smoked out a new pope, everyone
is looking for a local angle in the news from the Vatican. Armenia
seems to have found one.

The Armenian Apostolic Church may be an introverted, exclusive club,
much smaller than the Catholic Church, but, conceivably, backing
from the Vatican could help the Armenian cause worldwide. The global,
well-organized Armenian Diaspora has pointed out that Cardinal Jorge
Bergoglio, the newly crowned Pope Francis, has been a friend of the
Armenian community in Argentina. The community hopes that the pontiff
will take this friendship to his new home in the Vatican.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that Bergoglio often attended
liturgies dedicated to the ethnic Armenians massacred in Ottoman
Turkey in the early 20th century. As an archbishop, he reportedly
called on Turkey to own up to the atrocities against Armenians,
which Turkey insists was collateral damage of World War I.

Along with building support for its refusal to recognize breakaway
Nagorno Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan, achieving recognition of the
1915 massacre as genocide is an end that Armenia is pushing worldwide.

The Vatican is not immune to lobbying, and many ethnic Armenians,
especially those in Argentina, hope that Bergoglio will stick to his
alleged position on the massacre.

But Yerevan is not just leaving it to the Diaspora to advocate Armenian
causes in the Holy See. Earlier this month, Armenian President Serzh
Sargsyan appointed his son-in-law Mikael Minasian as the country's
first-ever ambassador to the Vatican.

http://www.eurasianet.org/node/66690

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:51 AM

POPE'S POSITION ON GENOCIDE DEPENDS ON ARMENIAN DIPLOMACY

NEWS.AM
March 16, 2013 | 02:46

The election of Cardinal Bergoglio, Pope Francisco I, is an important
novelty as he is the first American, and Latin American, head of the
Catholic Church.

This means that the Vatican is probably thinking about a new agenda
in its international relations, though I have little doubt the most
pressing issue will still be the internal problems of the Catholic
Church, representative of Armenian community of Argentina Khatchik
Derghougassian believes.

"On the international agenda, we can probably foresee an increasing
relevance of a continent, South America, which does have the highest
numbers of Catholics; but other issues, especially the Christians
of the Middle East, will be priority for the Vatican diplomacy,"
Derghougassian, professor of American University of Armenia, told
Armenian News-NEWS.am.

Khatchik Derghougassian said, as a person, while Bergoglio was
intransigently conservative on some issues like same sex marriages in a
country that within the last twenty-five years had become increasingly
liberal, open-minded, tolerant in promoting human and social rights,
he also was very engaged with other issues like the eradication of
poverty (it is not a coincidence that he has chosen Francisco as a
name following St. Francois of Assis known as the Saint of the poor),
the struggle against slave work and so for.

He is known as a person of principles that he usually do not negotiate
and does not avoid a polite but firm confrontation in their defense. I
do not think that he would ever deny the demand he made to Turkey for
the recognition of the Armenian Genocide; however, understandably,
the topic is not His priority," professor added.

"The declaration that he made was the consequence of his relationship
with the Armenian community in Argentina and Archbishop Kisag
Mouradian; but at the end of the day much would depend on the Armenian
diplomacy, including Echmiadzin's and Antelias' relationship with
the Vatican, to promote the follow-up of his declaration.

The most important question, therefore, is if the Armenian Foreign
Ministry does have this follow-up issue on his agenda, if Armenia's
Ambassador at the Vatican is the right man in the right place, if he
does know his job beyond protocols and public relations... in short,
it depends on the interest, cleverness and professional capacity of
the Armenian diplomacy to reach Francisco I and build on a declaration
that he made as, I repeat, a consequence of the relationship that
the Armenian community in Argentina and Archbishop Mouradian had
developed with him."

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:25 AM

Will Pope Francis repeat Cardinal Bergoglio’s words on the Genocide?


Shortly after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis I, Armenian and Turkish media outlets rushed to inform their audiences that the Argentinean Archbishop had acknowledged the Armenian Genocide on a number of occasions.

When Catholicos Karekin II visited Buenos Aires on April 23, 2004, Cardinal Bergoglio joined him in an ecumenical liturgy and spoke during the commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. The Cardinal stated: "We are united in grief over a genocide -- the first of the 20th century -- a genocide that powerful empires seek to silence and cover up by all means."

Last week, in his congratulatory letter to Pope Francis I, Karekin II "fondly remembered" their joint meetings and prayers in Argentina, and praised the Catholic Pontiff "as a courageous, wise, and righteous shepherd." The Catholicos recalled Cardinal Bergoglio’s "sincere affection toward the Armenian people," adding: "We gladly confirm that the historical relationship between our churches is marked by fraternal warmth. We greatly value the progress registered by our churches as a result of collaborative efforts undertaken during the pontificates of ourselves and our predecessors. This has been manifested during mutual visits and elaborated through a multitude of educational and charitable programs."

On April 22, 2006, during a program commemorating the 91st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio urged Turkey to unconditionally recognize the Armenian Genocide as the "gravest crime of Ottoman Turkey against the Armenian people and the entire humanity."

More recently, in 2011, after an Argentinean Federal Court found Turkey guilty of committing genocide against Armenians in response to a lawsuit filed by survivor Krikor Hairabedian, Cardinal Bergoglio issued a statement condemning "the abominable crime of genocide that the Turkish state committed against the Armenian people between 1915 and 1923."

Both Armenians and Turks are now wondering if in his new capacity Pope Francis I will repeat the words he uttered as Cardinal Bergoglio. Armenians are delighted that a close friend of their community in Argentina has been elected to lead the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the Turkish press has expressed great concern that "the new Pope could be influenced by [Armenian] lobbying groups."

Now that he has ascended to the highest office of the Roman Church, no one really knows what position Pope Francis would take on Armenian issues. One must remember that the Pontiff has two distinct functions as head of the Catholic Church and the sovereign city-state of Vatican. In other words, he is both a spiritual leader and head of state. Hence, depending on the issue, he may not necessarily express the views he held as Cardinal Bergoglio. At times, he may assume positions on political matters that diverge from his personal views and coincide with Vatican’s more worldly interests. As head of the Vatican state, the Pope may be forced to act as any other politician, such as Pres. Obama, who said one thing before the election and changed his tune afterward. However, as the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church and a man of strong moral values, the Pope cannot simply ignore or contradict his deeply held convictions.

Realizing that all Popes are not alike, it may be useful to review recent papal pronouncements on the Armenian Genocide. Pope John Paul II, on two occasions, used the term Armenian Genocide -- on November 9, 2000 and September 27, 2001. However, unlike his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI refrained from using that term, preferring to qualify the Genocide as "martyrdom" and "unspeakable suffering."

In the case of Pope Francis I, there is no need for Armenians to insist that he use the term Armenian Genocide; as the Vatican has twice acknowledged the Armenian Genocide. Thus, no purpose is served by demanding that every new Pope reaffirm the facts of the Armenian Genocide all over again. It is important, however, that Pope Francis I not retreat from his earlier position on the Armenian Genocide; substitutes and euphemisms would not be appropriate.

Given the Vatican’s positive record on the Armenian Genocide, it would be best to go beyond this issue and look for other areas in which the Pontiff could be supportive, such as pressing for the security of Armenians and other Christians in Syria. Efforts should also be made to strengthen the existing amicable ties between the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches, and friendly relations between the Vatican State and the Republic of Armenia.
Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

NEW POPE, NEW HOPE

http://www.mirrorspe...-pope-new-hope/
EDITORIAL | MARCH 20, 2013 5:17 PM

By Edmond Y. Azadian

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, a moment of confusion
reigned in the Roman Catholic Church, because the Papacy is a lifetime
position and his resignation only had one precedent - a millennium ago.

But, soon jubilation returned with the election of a new pope,
Francis I.

When Cardinal Aghajanian was alive, the conclave of Cardinals by-passed
him, because at that time, only Italian members of the clergy were
eligible to the throne of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.

But, since his passing, a pope from Poland was elected, followed by one
from Germany and now the latest one is from South America. This week,
Pope Francis I will become the 266th pontiff occupying the Throne of
St. Peter.

But why should the new pope's election interest or excite the members
of other churches, including the Armenian Apostolic Church?

To begin with, excitement and media hype are contagious. Second,
the papacy has a political power extending far beyond the 1.2
billion Catholics worldwide. Although gone are the days when popes
and cardinals in Europe had absolute power over individuals through
the Inquisition courts; the Catholic clergy, very much like the Nazi
and the Communist systems, controlled the thinking of individuals
members and the accusation of heresy was a death knell for its victims.

But still popes have moral power today, which also can translate into
political power, if necessary.

Part of the excitement in the Armenian community is derived from
the fact that the former Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has
interacted with the Armenian community in Argentina and has made
powerful statements about the Armenian Genocide. To reinforce the
relations with Armenia and the Armenians, President Serge Sargisian
and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II have flown to the Vatican to
participate in the installation ceremonies of the new pope, along with
six sovereign rulers and 31 heads of state and many religious leaders.

This is a very constructive political move building upon the existing
bond with the new pontiff.

It is reported that Pope Francis I, seven years ago, urged Turkey
to unconditionally recognize the Armenian Genocide during the
commemorations marking the 91st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
in Buenos Aires. Then-Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio urged Turkey
to recognize the Genocide as the "gravest crime of Ottoman Turkey
against the Armenian people and the entire humanity."

It is also reported that he had been instrumental in placing a
Khatchkar (cross stone) in Buenos Aires' Metropolitan Cathedral. He has
welcomed and met Catholicos Karekin II in Argentina and participated
in a number of ecumenical services with the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Armenians have to be appreciative of the pope's valiant stand on the
issue of the Genocide. But, by the same token, we have experienced
many instances when people switch opinions upon attaining positions
of power. Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, as well as Secretaries
of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, shamelessly have disavowed
their earlier principled positions. We may even question the evasive
formulation of People John Paul II during his visit to Armenia, where
instead of calling a spade a spade he reverted to the Armenian term
Medz Yeghern, which is not exactly genocide (tseghaspanoutiun). He
was not a politician and one would question his ruse to avoid a
moral issue frontally. In fact, he caused more damage to the issue
of Genocide recognition than good. The first casualty, is, of course
President Obama's imitation of the pope, hiding his previous moral
spine behind the word that the pope had used in a diversionary tactic.

With all his charisma and his contribution to the collapse of the
Soviet Empire, Pope John Paul II did not avoid the controversy of
kissing General Galtieri of Argentina, who along with President Jorge
Rafael Videla, were the perpetrators of Argentina's Dirty War, which
claimed 30,000 lives along with many more maimed in torture chambers.

As we stated earlier, the papacy has also political clout in the real
world. That is why President Christina Kirchner of Argentina was one
of the first heads of state to rush to the Vatican to plead with the
pope to intervene on behalf of her country with Great Britain, over
the issue of Malvinas Islands, known to the British as the Falkland
Islands off the Argentine coast.

Although the new pontiff had been at odds with Mrs. Kirchner and with
her late husband, President Nestor Kirchner, before her, over some
social issues, it remains to be seen if the pope will keep his word
and help Argentina's cause.

While still in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis I had stated that Britain
had "usurped" the Malvinas from Argentina.

It looks like the war of words over these islands is intensifying
since the discovery of oil in the coastal regions of these islands.

The political sideshow is coinciding with the papal celebration.

It is also ironic that Great Britain, which has brazenly denied
the right of self-determination to the people of Karabagh, has also
organized a referendum in March on the sparsely-populated islands
- mostly transplants from the British Isles - to declare that the
people of the Falklands have a right to self-determination and they
have overwhelmingly voted to stay with Britain.

Pope Francis I has demonstrated over the years that he stands for the
poor people. He is characterized by personal humility and doctrinal
conservatism, although some questions have been raised about his
inaction during the era of Argentina's brutal dictatorship.

It looks like he is the pontiff most familiar with the plight
and history of the Armenian people and we can bank on that in
developing our church's relations with the Vatican. Armenia very
recently appointed a new ambassador to the Vatican, Mikael Minasyan,
the president's son-in-law, with the purpose of further developing
relations with the Vatican.

With the election of the new pope, comes new hope. Pope Francis can
certainly make a difference in reiterating his position on the issue
of genocide and avoid the detours that characterized Pope John Paul's
visit to Armenia.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:51 PM

Pope Francis: I want to be buried beneath Armenian khachkar
Pope Francis: I want to be buried beneath Armenian khachkar
April 3, 2013 - 21:34 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, elected the Catholic church's 266th pope, has often attended the liturgies of Armenian Apostolic church in Buenos Aires.

According to Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Argentina and Chile, Archbishop Kissag Muradian, during the inauguration of khachkar on the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Archbishop Bergoglio expressed a which to be buried beneath the memorial.

As Armenian-Turkish Agos newspaper reports, on April 23, 2004, at a special mass he celebrated in Buenos Aires’ Metropolitan Cathedral, Archb. Bergoglio said, “We are united in the pain of a Genocide, the first one in the 20th century, which now powerful empires try by all means to silence and cover up… We pray that the Lord frees us from all this and gives us freedom.”

Two years later, during the celebration of an ecumenical liturgy presided by Cardinal Bergoglio and Archb. Kissag at the Buenos Aires Cathedral, during the 91st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 2006, the priest who is now the Pope said, “Today we pray for this nation who is still deprived of human rights.”

“Our friendship with Cardinal Bergoglio mainly started in the years 2004, 2005 and grew especially on the 95th anniversary of the Genocide, when a khachkar was placed in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral,” Archb. Kissag said. “He had told me he wanted to be buried beneath that Armenian khachkar,” he added, expressing his hope that his friend, now as Pope Francis I, will help in achieving progress for recognition of the Genocide.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:33 AM

How come others news sources are not airing this?
Let’s see what mehmeoghlu has to say about it.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-22499327

Pope canonises 800 Italian Ottoman victims of Otranto
Pope Francis has proclaimed more saints than any of his predecessors
Continue reading the main story
Pope Francis has proclaimed the first saints of his pontificate in a ceremony at the Vatican - a list which includes 800 victims of an atrocity carried out by Ottoman soldiers in 1480.
They were beheaded in the southern Italian town of Otranto after refusing to convert to Islam.
Their names are unknown, apart from one man, Antonio Primaldo.
Within two months of taking office, Pope Francis has proclaimed more saints than any of his predecessors.
Continue reading the main story
Otranto 14 August 1480.
The `'Martyrs of Otranto" were 813 Italians beheaded for defying demands by Turkish invaders to renounce Christianity
The Turks had been sent by Mohammed II, who had already captured the "second Rome" of Constantinople.
His fleet landed in Otranto, Italy's easternmost city, and laid siege
Its citizens held out for two weeks, allowing the King of Naples to muster his forces and prevent the fall of Rome
Among those canonised on Sunday were two Latin American nuns - Laura Montoya from Colombia and Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala from Mexico - who both died in the 20th Century.
Colombia's first saint, Mother Laura Montoya dedicated her life to helping indigenous people while the woman named by Pope Francis as Mother "Lupita" sheltered Catholics during a government crackdown against the faith in the 1920s.
The Italian "Martyrs of Otranto" were executed after 20,000 Turkish soldiers invaded their town in south-eastern Italy.
There was no hint of any anti-Islamic sentiment in the homily that Pope Francis delivered before tens of thousands of worshippers gathered in St Peter's Square, the BBC's David Willey in Rome reports.
Tapestries commemorating those being canonised were displayed at the Vatican
While it was Francis's predecessor, Pope Benedict, who gave the go ahead for their canonisations, the new pope is continuing the process of honouring a new generation of modern as well as historic martyrs, our correspondent says.
Later this month an Italian priest, Fr Giuseppe Puglisi, who was murdered by the Sicilian mafia 20 years ago will be beatified - the last step before being declared a saint.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:02 AM

Some major news sources and many more.
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http://www.guardian....olic-new-saints

http://www.miamihera...-canonized.html

http://www.cbc.ca/ne...ts.html?cmp=rss

http://www.washingto...6d9d_story.html

http://shoebat.com/2...-ottoman-turks/

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:15 AM

http://en.wikipedia....sion_of_Otranto

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:30 AM

http://hetq.am/eng/n...th-century.html

Pope Francis Recognizes the Armenian Genocide as the First Genocide of the 20th Century

13:11, 5 June, 2013
VATICAN (Diario ARMENIA).- Pope Francis recognized the Armenian Genocide as "the first genocide of the twentieth century" during an audience with the Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni on Monday, June 3th.
Pope Francis also met a woman who accompanied the Patriarch, daughter of a family that survived the Armenian Genocide. Pope Francis listened, took her hand and repeated the words he had spoken in the book On Heaven and Earth, this time as Pope: "It was the first genocide of the twentieth century".
Tabakian Alfonso, director of the Armenian National Committee of South America, stressed that this is the first statement since he was appointed Pope, so "his words are important because they transcend states, religions and faiths".
"His recognition of the Armenian Genocide as the first genocide of the twentieth century confirms the statements of John Paul II, showing that more and more states, parliaments and international organizations take this position against the historical denial of the Turkish state", he added.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 10:54 AM

Pope Francis reiterates recognition of Armenian Genocide

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PanARMENIAN.Net - Pope Francis, during a meeting with a delegation led by Nerses Bedros XIX, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenian Catholics at the Vatican reiterated his earlier recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Nerses Bedros XIX presented the pope with a painting depicting Jesus Christ on the crucifix, Asbarez reported.
During the visit, the pope met with members of the delegation, when one of them said that she was a descendant of Genocide victims, to which the pontiff responded: “The first genocide of the 20th Century was that of the Armenians,” thus reiterating his earlier recognition of the Armenian Genocide while he headed the Catholic Church in Buenos Aires as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.
Seven years ago, during events marking the 91st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Buenos Aires, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio urged Turkey to recognize the Genocide as the “gravest crime of Ottoman Turkey against the Armenian people and the entire humanity.”
Director of the Armenian National Committee of South America, Dr. Alfonso Tabakian explained that this was the first such statement from the pontiff since being elevated to pope and leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Tabakian called the statement “very important since his words transcend any state or religion.”

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:05 AM

TURKEY ENRAGED AT VATICAN FOR POPE'S REMARKS ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Atlas Shrugs
June 17 2013

Uh, Armenians are upset about the jihad slaughter of millions of
Armenians. This Islamic denial of their historic bloodlust and their
subsequent bullying is pure supremacism. Savage.

Do Muslims expect the sanction of their victims?

The Armenian genocide took place under Turkey's Islamic Ottoman
Empire, during and after WWI. "Out of an approximate population of two
million, some 1.5 million Armenians died. If early 20th century Turkey
had the apparatuses and technology to execute in mass-such as 1940s
Germany's gas chambers-the entire Armenian population may well have
been annihilated. Most objective American historians who have studied
the question unequivocally agree that it was a deliberate, calculated
genocide." (more here)

Ankara upset at Vatican for pope's remarks on mass killings of
Armenians Hurriyet Daily News, (thanks to Filip)

Turkey has reacted angrily to the Vatican following a statement from
Pope Francis describing the mass killings of Armenians during World
War I as "the first genocide of the twentieth century" during a
meeting with a delegation led by Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian
Catholics on June 3.

"The Turkish Foreign Ministry delivered Turkey's views on the issue
and expressed disappointment to the embassy in Ankara and Vatican in
Rome," a Turkish diplomat told the Hurriyet Daily News on June 7.

Pope Francis described the mass killings of Armenians during World War
I as "the first genocide of the 20th century" during a meeting with a
delegation led by Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics on June
3.

The pope met with members of the delegation and when one of them said
that she was a descendant of genocide victims, he replied, "The first
genocide of the 20th Century was that of the Armenians," reiterating
his earlier recognition of the mass killings as "Armenian Genocide"
while he was the head of the Catholic Church in Buenos Aires as a
cardinal.

In 2006, during events marking the 91st anniversary of the killings in
Buenos Aires, he had urged Turkey to recognize "the genocide" as the
"gravest crime of Ottoman Turkey against the Armenian people and the
entire humanity."

Commenting on the issue, Armenian Apostolic Church Diocese of Gougark
Bishop Sebouh Chuljyan Primate said, "The pope is speaking out a
historical truth. Turkey needs to see the pains and should face the
genocide," he told the Hurriyet Daily News, adding that the archives
of the Vatican may be opened to investigate the issue further.

The director of the Armenian National Committee of South America,
Alfonso Tabakian, explained that this was the first such statement
from the pontiff since being elevated to pope and leader of the Roman
Catholic Church.

Tabakian called the statement "very important since his words
transcend any state or religion," according to the Armenian weekly
website.

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