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Volume 45, Number 1
  
13 April 2015
J.D. Conor Mauro




Pope Francis greets Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Karekin II of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and All Armenians during a 12 April liturgy marking 100 years since the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. (photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Term ‘genocide’ angers Turkey, while pope says memory leads to healing (CNS) Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized — not hidden or denied — for true reconciliation and healing to come to the world. However, Turkey’s top government officials criticized the pope’s use of the term “genocide” — citing a 2001 joint statement by St. John Paul II and the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church — in reference to the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians during their forced evacuation by Ottoman Turks in 1915-18. Turkey rejects the accusation of genocide, and the government called its ambassador to the Holy See back to Turkey…

Newest doctor of the church: St. Gregory of Narek (Vatican Radio) On Sunday, Pope Francis proclaimed the great Armenian St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the universal church. The solemn proclamation took place during the introductory rites at the beginning of a Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey…

Northern Iraq’s displaced get own radio station (Fides) Radio Al Salam (“the radio of peace”), a station at the service of the refugees in northern Iraq, began broadcasting on 5 April in Erbil. “This radio station is for all those who were forced from their homes, for all the refugees,” said the Rev. Pascal Gollnisch, a French Catholic priest with L’Oeuvre d’Orient, in Radio Al Salam’s inaugural broadcast…

Gazans’ unpaid salaries cause rise in social tensions (Al Monitor) The Gaza government employee salary crisis is placing severe strain on those affected. The main victims are the employees who find themselves unable to meet their families’ food needs, as debts keep accumulating and creditors demand repayment…

Syria rebels shut Aleppo schools after bloody regime raid (Daily Star Lebanon) Schools in rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo city will be closed for at least a week after bloody air raids on civilian areas, activists said Monday. On Sunday, an airstrike on a school in the city’s opposition-controlled east killed five children, three women teachers and a man. The rebel education authority in Aleppo called on schools and teaching centers to suspend their classes until the end of the week, according to a statement distributed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…



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