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Turkey "disappointed" by Pope’s genocide comments

April 12, 2015, 18:51 UTC+3 LONDON
He used the word "genocide" in describing the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in World War I
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LONDON, April 12. /TASS/. The Turkish authorities are "disappointed" by the comments made by Pope Francis, who used the word "genocide" in describing the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in World War I, Reuters said on Sunday.

The statement made by the Pope causes a "problem of trust" between Turkey and the Vatican, the authorities said.

Pope Francis’ comments came at a service in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica attended by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

The Pope said humanity had lived through "three massive and unprecedented tragedies" in the last century. "The first, which is widely considered 'the first genocide of the 20th Century', struck your own Armenian people," Pope Francis said, referencing a 2001 declaration by Pope John Paul II and the head of the Armenian church.

The Pope said that "Catholic and Orthodox Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Greeks" were also killed in the bloodshed a century ago.

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