The Pope in Armenia
The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Francis, arrived in Armenia on 24 June. Before coming he’d declared: “It’s a pilgrimage to the country where Christianity was first adopted”.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church spent in Armenia two days. About 600 journalists, including two of JAMnews reporters, covered his visit.
The Pope in the city of Gyumri
The Pope visits the Tzitzernakaberd Genocide Memorial Complex
The Pope has arrived
In 2015, Pope Francis termed the 1915 massacre of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as a genocide. On 12 April 2015, His Holiness conducted a mass to commemorate the victims of those events. The Pope also canonized Gregor Narekatsi (Gregory from Narek), an Armenian philosopher, theologian, and poet of the 10th century, author of the ‘Book of Lamentations’, and conferred on him the title of the Doctor of the Church.
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