On April 12, 2015, Pope Francis led an Armenian-Rite Mass in recognition of the widespread killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire during the early 20th century. April 24, 2015 will mark 100 years since the mass killings of Armenians ensued. I believe that the time has never been more right for a respected world leader such as Francis to recognize the horrors that occurred a century ago. By recognizing that Ottoman Turks committed an act of genocide, Francis is also showing the world that ignoring the lasting impact that these horrors had and continue to have on the Armenian people will not be tolerated.

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