VATICAN CITY — The Vatican confirmed on Saturday that Pope Francis will visit Armenia this June. Radio Vatican reported that the visit has been scheduled for June 24-26. It said the pontiff will travel to the South Caucasus state at the invitation of Armenia’s government, Apostolic Church and Catholic Armenian minority.

Pope Francis had expressed his desire to visit Armenia last November, during an airborne press conference coming back from his Africa tour. The Armenia foray is bound to cause diplomatic tensions with Turkey, if recent experience is to be taken into consideration.

On April 12, 2015 he celebrated a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenians Genocide calling it as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”

Turkey reacted angrily to his reference to the genocide accusing the pontiff of distorting history and recalling its ambassador to the Vatican in protest.

One of Pope Francis’s predecessors, John Paul II became in 2001 the first Catholic Church leader to set foot on Armenian soil. During that historic trip, he issued a joint declaration with Catholicos Karegkin I describing the 1915 Armenian massacres in Ottoman Turkey as genocide.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Armenian Consul General in LA Celebrates International Women’s Day 

GLENDALE – The Office of the Consul General of Armenia in Los…

CSUN Armenian Studies and Haigazian University Jointly Present Roupen Avsharian’s Book on Armenian Deputies in the Lebanese Parliaments

NORTHRIDGE, CA.—The Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and…

Nominations Open for Aurora Prize $1 Million Global Humanitarian Award

YEREVAN — Nominations opened for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, an…

Retired Armenian Police Officer Arrested for Spying for Azerbaijan

YEREVAN — Armenian security officers have arrested a former police officer on…