Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on June 22, 2016 in Vatican. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI
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Pope Francis heads to Armenia Friday for a three-day visit likely to inflame simmering tensions with Turkey over the Vatican's description of mass killings under the Ottoman Empire as genocide.Turkey reacted furiously to Francis's comment.Francis will be the second pope to visit Armenia since it became an independent state following the collapse of the Soviet Union.Father Lwis Naamo, rector of the Armenian Pontifical College in Rome, said he expected Francis to use the term genocide during his trip.Now that a growing number of countries around the world have complied with Armenia's request to regard the events of 1915-18 as genocide, the importance of figures like the pope using the term has diminished, according to Antranig Ayvazian, a history professor at Yerevan University.
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