Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai attends a memorial ceremony for victims killed in a militant attack on the Our Lady of Salvation Church in 2010, at the Church in Baghdad October 31, 2011. REUTERS/Saad Shalash
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The Christian church and faith drew only strength from the tragic killings of Armenians in World War I, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Wednesday from Armenia.Around 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks during WWI, an event widely considered as "the first genocide in the 20st century," as described by Pope Francis last week.The patriarch, who is in Armenia to attend a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide, said the region is in urgent need of Christian values, which expound love and truth, not violence and wealth.
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