Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II, right, stand during an Ecumenical encounter and prayer for Peace in Yerevan's Republic Square, Armenia, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)
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Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to Armenia with a Sunday liturgy in the Apostolic cathedral celebrated by his Orthodox hosts and a visit to Armenia's closed border with Turkey amid new tensions with Ankara over his recognition of the 1915 "genocide".Turkey issued a harsh rebuttal late Saturday to Francis' declaration upon arrival in Armenia that the slaughter was a planned genocide to exterminate Armenians. When Francis first used it last year, Turkey withdrew its ambassador for 10 months and accused Francis of spreading lies.Francis made the remarks at the start of his three-day visit and followed up with a call for the world to never forget or minimize the "immense and senseless slaughter".After the liturgy, Francis was due to head west toward Armenia's border with Turkey.On Saturday, Francis paid his respects at Armenia's imposing genocide memorial and greeted descendants of survivors of the 1915 massacres.Francis returned to the theme of memory during a Mass in Gyumri, where several thousand people gathered in a square for his only public Catholic Mass of his three-day visit to Armenia.
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