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Dear old Pope

We are anxiously awaiting the response of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to Pope Francis’s reiteration that the massacre of millions of Armenians in 1915 amounted to genocide.

The Pope, who has been visiting Armenia, publicly condemned “that tragedy, that genocide” as “the first of a deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century.”

He said the same last year, when Erdogan swiftly warned him “not to repeat this mistake.”

When the German parliament recently came to the same conclusion, Erdogan swiftly ‘retaliated’ by withdrawing the Turkey ambassador to Germany.

But Pope Francis – who has very few tanks anywhere – is made of sterner stuff than a tinpot elected dictator who tyrannizes a minority of his own people.

 

 

Picture source: U.S Archives, 1915 – 1918 via Wikimedia Commons