Pope Francis and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II attend the Divine Liturgy at the Apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin, outside Yerevan, on June 26, 2016. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI
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The Vatican hit back Sunday at Turkey's depiction of Pope Francis as having a "Crusader mentality" after he used the word genocide to describe the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago.Addressing Armenia's president, the government and diplomats Friday, Francis departed from his prepared text to use the word "genocide," a description that infuriated Turkey when he first used it a year ago.Francis, who returns to Rome on Sunday after visiting a monastery near the border with Turkey, first used the word last year in a ceremony at the Vatican. An infuriated Turkey responded by recalling its ambassador to the Vatican and keeping him away for 10 months.
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