Pope's Genocide Comments Spark Indifference, Frustration Among Turks

When Pope Francis became the first pontiff to publicly call the 1915 Armenian massacre a genocide this weekend, the reaction from Ankara was swift and irate: it summoned the Vatican ambassador for a dressing down and recalled its own envoy.
Reaction in the Turkish media on Monday ranged from indignant to indifferent, depending on how close the newspaper is to the government.
The response on Turkish street corners was muted, with many Turks dismissing the spat as empty politics and voicing a desire to leave history in the past.
Francis sparked the diplomatic row on Sunday by calling the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians "the first genocide of the 20th century."
Turkey, a Muslim nation, agrees that Christian Armenians died in clashes with Ottoman soldiers beginning in April 1915, when some Armenians lived in the empire ruled from Istanbul, but denies hundreds of thousands were killed, amounting to genocide.



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