Pope Francis holds open-air mass in Armenian capital during 3-day visit

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Pope Francis and Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin II held an open-air mass in Yerevan on Saturday as part the Pope's three-day visit to Armenia. Pope Francis described the 1915 Ottoman Turks massacre of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide, repeating the term during a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the massacre. Turkey has always denied the genocide allegations, claiming the statistics of the dead were forged and inflated, combining the number of all the deaths that occurred while the Ottoman Empire was collapsing amidst World War I.

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