Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for an ecumenical meeting and a prayer for peace in Yerevan's Republic Square on June 25, 2016. / AFP / ALEXANDER NEMENOV
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Pope Francis urged Armenia and Turkey on Saturday to seek reconciliation and to shun "the illusory power of vengeance" a century after 1.5 million Armenians were massacred in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire.Francis made the appeal in an evening prayer service with leaders of the Armenian Apostolic Church on the second day of a trip in which he has risked Turkey's anger by labeling the events of 1915 a genocide, a term Ankara rejects.On Friday night in a speech to the president, the government and diplomats, Francis departed from his prepared text to use the word "genocide", a description that infuriated Turkey when he first used it a year ago.Turkey waited more than 24 hours to react, indicating it did not want the incident to blow up into a new diplomatic dispute.
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