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TURKEY - ARMENIA
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Armenian Church to canonize martyrs of genocide. Ankara unhappy
The ceremony should take place in 2015 , the centenary of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians. Armenian bishops from around the world at the synod which decided the canonization. The tensions between Armenia and Turkey take on "religious" character.
The largest canonization in history: 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire
The ceremony, presided over by Karekin II, took place yesterday afternoon at Echmiadzin (Yerevan). Today there will be civil ceremonies. Putin and Hollande expected to attend. The bells have sounded in Armenia and in New York, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Venice. Turkey’s resistence in admitting the genocide. The United States’ embarrassment. Austria’s first step.
After 95 years, Mass is celebrated in the Holy Cross Armenian Church, in Lake Van
Archbishop Aram Atesyan has described the event as “a miracle”. The church is located in lands where the Armenian genocide took place. In the past, its icons were used for target practice and darkened by the smoke of barbecues. The building is still missing its iron cross from the top of its dome. Diaspora Armenians complain about it; Armenians living in Turkey are happy and joyful for the event.
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