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Posted 24 June 2016 - 02:57 PM

Paros Chamber Choir performs for Pope Francis and Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II. O salutaris hostia by Gioachino Rossini. Conductor: Raffi Mikaelian. Փարոս կամերային երգչախումբը կատարում է Ջ.Ռոսսինիի O salutaris hostia Հռոմի Պապ Ֆրանցիսկոսի և Ն.Ս.Օ.Տ.Տ. Գարեգին Բ Ամենայն Հայոց

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 08:40 AM

The Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick), Canada
June 25, 2016 Saturday


Pope bringing peace message to Armenia



VATICAN CITY * Pope Francis is bringing a message of peace and
solidarity to Armenia as it marks the centennial of the Ottoman-era
slaughter of Armenians that Francis himself has called a "genocide."
But he may sidestep the politically charged word as he broadens his
concern about current atrocities against Christians across the region
and beyond.

Francis has frequently denounced the slaughter of Christians by
Islamic extremists across the Middle East, saying the indiscriminate
attacks against religious minorities is an "ecumenism of blood" - a
martyrdom shared by Christians no matter their confession. Recently,
he said he prefers to use the term "martyrdom" over "genocide" when
describing the persecution of Christians.

Attention then will be on Francis's first major speech, to be
delivered to President Serzh Sargsyan and Armenian officials at the
presidential palace in the capital, Yerevan, on Friday evening.

Upon his arrival Friday afternoon, the pope was welcomed by the
president and the Oriental Orthodox patriarch of the Apostolic Church,
Karekin II, on the tarmac, where he was serenaded by a girls' choir.
The three men then walked behind a goose-stepping military official
along a red carpet and into the airport VIP lounge.

As Francis rode off in a white four-door Renault, his motorcade was
cheered by children wearing white T-shirts and yellow neck scarves, in
the Vatican colours, and holding a sign in Italian saying "Armenia
welcomes Pope Francis."

The pope caps his first day with a visit to the seat of the Armenian
Apostolic Church in Etchmiadzin, where he will stay as a guest of the
patriarch.

Over the following three days, Francis will pray at Armenia's genocide
memorial, release a dove of peace near Armenia's closed border with
Turkey and pray for peace during an ecumenical prayer service with
Karekin.

The Vatican has long cheered the Armenian cause, holding up the poor
nation of 3 million mostly Orthodox Christians as a bastion of faith
and martyrdom in a largely Muslim region, and the first nation that
established Christianity as a state religion in 301.

Armenians, for their part, have welcomed Francis's willingness to rile
Turkey by terming the 1915 massacres of Armenians a "genocide" during
a Mass last year to mark the 100th anniversary of the slaughter. They
are expected to turn out in droves even though Catholics represent a
tiny minority in the former Soviet republic.

Many historians consider the massacres of an estimated 1.5 million
Armenians a genocide, a classification that carries legal and
financial implications given Armenian claims for restitution. Turkey
rejects the term, says the death figure is inflated and that people
died on both sides as the Ottoman Empire collapsed amid World War I.

Francis avoided saying "genocide" in a video message to Armenians
released on the eve of his journey. Instead he spoke of "sufferings
among the most terrible that humanity can remember."

The Armenian ambassador to the Holy See, Mikayel Minasyan, said it
almost doesn't matter if Francis utters the word, given his April 2015
pronouncement from the altar of St. Peter's Basilica that it was the
"first genocide of the 20th century."

"He has already said it," Minasyan said in a phone interview from
Yerevan. "The fact that he is going to the memorial is worth more than
the word or whether it is pronounced or not."

He expected that Francis would speak about the massacres in the
context of current atrocities against Christians: "What we are seeing
today is part of a process that began 100 years ago," he said.

The head of the Armenian National Archives says Armenia will
officially ask the pope to open the Vatican's archives into the
massacre, given the existing evidence of Vatican diplomacy in favour
of Armenians against the Ottoman attacks.

"Access to the Vatican's archive will help to tell the truth to the
world about the events of 1915 in the Ottoman empire that no one will
be able to dismiss," said archives director Amatuni Virabyan.



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Posted 27 June 2016 - 08:47 AM

Radio Vatican
June 26 2016
 
 
Pope and Catholicos water tree in symbolic gesture for Armenian diaspora
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(Vatican Radio)  In a symbolic gesture, Pope Francis and the Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin II watered a tree symbolizing Armenia’s many Christians living in the diaspora so that they may bear fruit, signifying new life.  The two Church leaders took up amphoras at the end of Saturday’s ecumenical prayer for peace in Yerevan and poured water over the earth which had been gathered by children residents of Armenia and elsewhere across the world and placed in a vessel resembling Noah’s Ark.

Armenia is home to Mount Ararat where, according to legend, Noah landed his Ark after the Great Floods.

Tens of thousands of Armenia’s Christians fled the country in the 1900s during Ottoman massacres.  On Saturday, Francis paid his respects at Armenia's imposing genocide memorial and greeted descendants of survivors of the 1915 slaughter.

In the memorial’s guest book, the Pope wrote:  ``Here I pray with sorrow in my heart, so that a tragedy like this never again occurs, so that humanity will never forget and will know how to defeat evil with good…May God protect the memory of the Armenian people. Memory should never be watered-down or forgotten. Memory is the source of peace and the future.''

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:43 AM

"Never again": The Significance of Pope Francis Message in the Guestbook of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute
 
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"I pray with sorrow in my heart, so that a tragedy like this never again occurs, so that humanity will never forget and will know how to defeat evil with good. May God endow peace and consolation to the beloved Armenian people and to the whole world. May God protect the memory of the Armenian people. Memory should never be diluted or forgotten. Memory is the source of peace and the future."

Those were the words that Pope Francis chose to sign the Book of Honorary Guests of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute during his visit to the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial on Saturday June 25. "Francis uses the 'never again' in a tribute to the victims of the armenian genocide" titledClarin newspaper, the largest of Argentina. The national press highlighted the words "never again" because the concept has a very special significance in Argentina. The relationship between the Armenian Cause and the struggle for human rights in Argentina is narrow and has many points of contact. 

The so-called National Reorganization Process was the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. The dictatorship was the bloodiest in the history of the country, leaving an estimated of 30,000 "desaparecidos," victims of forced disappearance, and a balance of hundreds of human rights violations, including censorship and restriction to the freedom of speech.

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On 1983 the last de facto president was forced to call for election after the military defeat against the United Kingdom in the Malvinas War. Raul Alfonsinwas elected President and soon he conformed the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons (CONADEP) to investigate the crimes against the humanity commited by the military dictatorship. 

Alfonsin was the first Argentinean President to publicly recognize the Armenian Genocide during an event with the Armenian community, a recognition that was the pillar for the future law recognition passed by the Parliament in 2006 and enacted in 2007 by former President Nestor Kirchner.

The CONADEP presented a report on 1984 entitled "Never Again" ("Nunca Más" in Spanish) which was the basis for the trial of the main perpetrators of the dictatorship. The "Never Again" concept was chosen because it was the slogan originally used by the survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto to repudiate the atrocities of Nazism.

Those words were the ones that prosecutor Julio Cesar Strassera used in the closure of his plea in the historic "Trial of the Juntas," the trial of the members of the de facto military government. Leon Arslanian, who was awarded with a Medal of Mkhitar Gosh by President Serzh Sargsyan in 2014, was one of the six judges of the Trial of the Juntas.

Strassera words still resonate in the Argentine people: "I wish to waive any claim to originality in closing this indictment. I wish to use a phrase that is not my own, because it already belongs to all the Argentine people. Your Honors: 'Never again!'."

During the trials of former police officer Miguel Etchecolatz and priestChristian Von Wernich, both accused of crimes against humanity, Carlos Rozanski, one of the judges of the courts, cited the Armenian Genocide case among the reasons for the judgment. The court found that those crimes had been perpetrated under the framework of a genocide during the military dictatorship.

The phrase "Never Again" became a motto since then and it is repeated in all the struggles for human rights, especially by organizations such as Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. During Pope Francis trip to the Holy Land in 2014, he included the phrase "Never Again" in a letter at the Holocaust Museum.


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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:49 AM

Does it ever occur to Turks that the Armenian narrative could be true! The Pope could say a lot more but he is showing restraint in order not to offend them because he has the Vatican archives under his disposal.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey

June 27 2016


Turkey says pope’s genocide words show ‘unconditional commitment to
Armenian narrative’

ANKARA

Ankara has criticized Pope Francis’ description of the mass killing of
Ottoman Armenians in 1915 as genocide, saying it shows his
“unconditional commitment to the Armenian narrative.”

“The fact that Pope Francis went to the ‘genocide monument’ during his
visit to Armenia between June 24 and June 26, made unfortunate
statements on the 1915 incidents, made unacceptable references to the
1915 incidents in a joint statement with the Armenian Catholicos, and
made statements proven to be lies and slander while returning, showed
Pope Francis’ unconditional commitment to the Armenian narrative. This
does not comply with historical facts or the law regarding the 1915
incident,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said on June 25 that it was
“very unfortunate” the pope had used the word “genocide.”

“It is unfortunately possible to see all the reflections and traces of
a Crusader mentality in the actions of the papacy and the pope,”
Canikli added.

The Vatican refuted Canikli’s remarks on June 26, saying the pope had
“not said any word against the Turkish people.”

“The pope is not on a crusade. He is not trying to organize wars or
build walls. He wants to build bridges,” Vatican spokesman Father
Federico Lombardi told reporters.

June/27/2016

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:52 AM

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey
June 27 2016


Ankara to summon Vatican’s top diplomat in Ankara

Emine Kart - ANKARA

Turkey will soon summon the current chief of the diplomatic mission of
the Holy See in Ankara in order to express its uneasiness over Pope
Francis’ use of the term “genocide” to describe the Ottoman-era mass
killings of Anatolian Armenians.

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry already displayed its anger with
the pope’s description through an official written statement, which it
released on June 27.

The next step will be summoning the top Vatican diplomat accredited in
Ankara, Hürriyet Daily News learned from reliable sources.
Nonetheless, the ambassador designate of the Holy See, who arrived in
Ankara recently, has not yet presented his credentials to President
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Thus, it is highly likely that Angelo Accattino,
acting as the first counselor of the embassy since July 2015, will be
the one who will be summoned to the Foreign Ministry headquarters.

Meanwhile, Ankara was not yet planning a step such as recalling its
ambassador to the Vatican, Mehmet Paçacı, for a consultation, sources
said.

“The fact that Pope Francis went to the ‘genocide monument’ during his
visit to Armenia between June 24 and June 26, made unfortunate
statements on the 1915 incidents, made unacceptable references to the
1915 incidents in a joint statement with the Armenian Catholics, and
made statements proven to be lies and slander while returning, showed
Pope Francis’ unconditional commitment to the Armenian narrative. This
does not comply with historical facts or the law regarding the 1915
incident,” the Foreign Ministry statement said.

The timing of the release of the written statement was delicately set.
In order for being able to see the entire picture surrounding the
matter, Ankara waited for the pope’s visit to end.

Ankara released the statement before noon on June 27. According to
Vatican Radio, “Pope Francis left the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on
the afternoon on June 26 at the conclusion of his three day pastoral
visit to the Caucasian nation.”

“The pope was due to arrive back in Rome shortly before 9 p.m. local
time at the conclusion of this 14th international papal journey,” said
Vatican Radio.

June/27/2016

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:55 AM

Daily Iowan, Iowa
June 26 2016


EDITORIAL: WHEN GENOCIDE IS INDEED GENOCIDE

During his weekend trip to Armenia, Pope Francis seems to have learned
that there is a time and a place for euphemisms when using the term
“genocide” to describe the mass killing of nearly 1.5 million Armenian
Christians in a period spanning 1915 and 1923. Following a previous
point of contention between Turkey and the Vatican over previous use
of the term “genocide” to describe the systematic extermination of the
Armenian people, many observers believed that the pope would shy away
from the term. However, despite the potential political repercussions,
the pope decided to the use the term, which raises questions about the
relationship between definition and diction when it comes to
atrocities.

The use of euphemism is often necessary in the spheres of diplomatic
relations and especially so when speaking of particularly unpleasant
subject matter, such as what is recognized by 22 other countries and
most historians as genocide. Reluctance on the part of the Turkish
government over labeling the atrocity a genocide is understandable to
some degree, but the adoption of euphemism should not be used as a
guise to obfuscate history and belittle the tragedy that has befallen
a select portion of the population. A loss of life as great as the
Armenian genocide should not be reduced to semantics, because at a
certain point the most we can do in the present to honor those who
have suffered tragedy is to keep memory of their plight intact.

While we may choose to pay little attention to the words we use to
describe atrocities, it matters. The words we choose not to use often
say more than the ones that we do. Francis has been accused of donning
“the mentality of the Crusades” by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister
Nurettin Canikli, but an acknowledgment of historical wrongdoing
stands in sharp contrast to this imposed similarity. Refusing to call
genocide a genocide even when it is an apt description for a
reprehensible massacre because of political implications would appear
to be more in line with the supposed “mentality of the Crusades” the
pope was said to have been channeling.

The Turkish government can try to mandate a preferred manner of
speaking when it comes to the Armenian genocide, but trying to force
one label over another may provide comfort at the cost of the memory
of those unjustly massacred. The difference between using the word
“genocide” and a euphemism has limited implications in the present,
but in time, it may prove to be the first steps down a road of denial
and the eventual erasure of countless lives lost in senseless tragedy.
The pope’s words may not have been the politically correct ones in the
specific context, but often the truth falls outside of convention and
what is deemed permissible. It is the truth that stands once decorum
and political repercussions are cast aside, and it is the truth that
must be spoken freely and remembered always.

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 09:25 AM

Armenia in the Limelight of World Politics

Mirror Spectator
Editorial 7-2 July 2016

By Edmond Y. Azadian

Turkey and Azerbaijan have cornered Armenia in its international relations. They have blockaded the country and have been trying to stifle it by isolating it in regional development projects, including pipelines. Georgia, which nominally is an ally and a fellow Christian country, is in full cooperation with these two enemy countries; railway systems, oil and gas pipelines are being developed in the region, bypassing Armenia.

The West has its own perspectives on these subjects; take for example, in the US. For many years, both during the Bush and Obama administrations, Article 907 of the Freedom Support Act, punishing Azerbaijan for its hostile actions against Armenia, has been suspended by the president’s office, not because Azerbaijan has been behaving any better, but because it is viewed within the context of Russian containment. Thus, Armenia’s isolation becomes part of the collateral damage even when it is not intended, because it is a strategic ally of Russia and a friend of Iran.

Conversely, Iran and Russia do not view Armenia as a victim of the West’s policies against them. Although they keep their friendly relations, they do not and possibly cannot compensate Armenia for the punitive measures it suffers as fallout from the two countries’ complicated ties with the West.

In short, Armenia is being marginalized in its international relations, which has a direct bearing on its economy and the well being of the ordinary citizens there.

Yerevan, certainly, cannot cope single-handedly with this large geo-strategic game.

Although Armenia has persisted against all odds and the blockade did not yet achieve fully what was intended by Ankara and Baku, it has taken a significant toll by choking its economic development and forcing a mass exodus of its population. As a result of this blockade, it may one day soon face a country without any people.

To counter its strategic isolation, Armenia has been engaged in its public relations plans by claiming its place in the arena of international relations and promoting issues of major national interest.

Along with the successful activities of the Genocide centennial, world media attention was focused on Armenia when the Kardashian sisters visited there, George Clooney went there to hand out the Aurora Prize in April, and now, the recent visit by Pope Francis.

Both the centennial commemoration and the Pope’s visit were organized and choreographed on a superb level which created maximal emotional and symbolic impacts.

Besides, the Pope’s visit did not remain within the parameters of a public relations stunt but instead it was amplified to become a historic and political watershed because of the Pontiff advocating courageously the issue of the Armenian Genocide.

His Holiness’ pronouncement of the Armenian tragedy as the first genocide of the 20th century last year invariably impacted German political thinking which was debating the issue in the parliament for an entire year.

After Pope Francis’ pronouncement, politicians who were shunning the use of the term Genocide in the official chambers of power realized they could call a spade a spade.

Despite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threats, neither the German government nor the Pope backed down. The Pope courageously stood by his position, reiterating once again his statement and enshrining it also in the document signed by the heads of the two churches at the conclusion of the pontifical visit last weekend.

Pope Francis’ visit could have had a broader impact on an international level had the news media not played down the visit.

When the Pope visits any corner of the world, no matter how remote or how close, the cameras of major media outlets are there to capture his every move. But his visit to Armenia did not enjoy that level of coverage in the first place because of the political impact the visit could generate, with the genocide issue on the radar. George Orwell is dead; his Big Brother is alive and well, but not in the now defunct Soviet Union, but here in the West, at the headquarters of major news outlets.

The most that the major news networks did was to focus on the controversies that were generated by the Pontiff’s remarks.

The Pope once again placed the burning issue of the Armenian Genocide on the world forum, he launched a peace initiative by promising on his homeward trip that he would tell in Azerbaijan whatever he witnessed in Armenia. His release of the dove at the Shrine of Khor Virab, next to Catholicos Karekin II near the Turkish border, toward Mount Ararat, was more than a historic gesture. He has been credited with the rapprochement between two bitter enemies, namely the US and Cuba, which brought down the last vestige of the Cold War.

The major networks ignored completely the momentous events of the Pope’s visit, only to capitalize on the reactions of official Turkey.

The Associated Press, Reuters and other news outlets highlighted Turkey’s reaction, which came through the Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli, who characterized the Pope’s statement as “greatly unfortunate” and went on, adding that “the goal is to squeeze Turkey in the corner. … It is possible to see all the reflections and traces of Crusader mentality in the actions of the Papacy and the Pope.”

However, the Vatican did not mince words when responding to the Turkish accusation. According to the Vatican Radio, the focus of Pope Francis’ is to reach the “spirit of dialogue.” On behalf of the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi said, “The Pope is on no crusade. He is not trying to organize wars or build walls, he wants to build bridges. … He has no words against the Turkish people.”

Erdogan’s bullying had intimidated many world leaders — including political leaders in the US — to avoid using the world genocide. Pope Francis’ courage broke the ice. Many leaders are finding that it is something doable. Even outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had been, ironically, crusading for Turkey’s admission to the European Union, finally realized that under Erdogan, Turkey, was veering toward despotism. Incidentally, Brexit was caused, among several other factors, because of the influx of Turks into Europe through dropping the visa requirement and also eventual membership of Turkey in the EU, which scared the British voters.

The Pope is back in the Vatican. His white dove is still flying, hopefully, to come back with an olive branch.

What remains behind is Armenian ingenuity to use occasions from the sublime to the most mundane — Pope Francis and the Kardashians — to place Armenia back in the international political limelight.



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 09:44 AM

Orientalist: German Bundestag's recognition of the Armenian Genocide
is logical continuation of Pope Francis' statement during the mass in
2015

by Marianna Mkrtchyan

Wednesday, June 29, 16:54

The German Bundestag's recognition of the Armenian Genocide is the
logical continuation of Pope Francis' statement during the mass
commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman
Empire, orientalist Vardan Voskanyan said, when replying to ArmInfo's
question whether the Pope's remarks in Yerevan can mark the beginning
of a chain international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

"The Pope's visit to Armenia has put three important circumstances in
the forefront. In particular, by using the terms "Armenian Genocide"
and "Mets Yeghern", Pope Francis paved the way for legal recognition
of these events as genocide. In addition, the Armenian Apostolic
Church is the only of the Christian churches, which is at the same
level with the Catholic Church. And finally, thanks to the Pope,
Armenia has become a country of pilgrimage," he said.

To recall, on 12 April 2015, Pope Francis held a mass at St. Peter's
Basilica to commemorate the Armenian Genocide Centenary. During the
mass, he described the killings of 1.5 mln Armenians in the Ottoman
Empire as the first genocide of XX century.

On June 2, 2016, German Bundestag adopted the resolution on Armenian
Genocide by a vast majority of votes. Only one parliamentarian voted
against and another abstained from voting. The resolution recognizes
not only the fact of Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in the
beginning of the 20th century but also Germany's responsibility for
these events. Turkey, in turn, warned Berlin on the level of first
ranking officials against the possible negative consequences for the
Turkish-German relations in case the resolution was adopted. Ankara
recalled its Ambassador to Germany Avni Karslioglu following the
adoption of the resolution.

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