Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli is highly critical of what he calls a "crusader mentality" by Pope Francis.
The criticism comes after the Pope during his visit to Armenia, described the mass murders of Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.
- The Pope's statement is very unfortunate, said Nurettin Caniki at a press conference, adding that the Pope's statement "does not reflect reality."
- It is unfortunate to see traces and reflections of a crusader mentality, Canikli said.
While Turkey criticised Pope Francis, he visited a memorial for genocide victims in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.
The genocide by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War is often referred to as the Armenian genocide, or by Assyrians and Syriacs, as Seyfo. Over one million Armenians were killed. But even hundreds of thousands of people from other Christian minorities, as Assyrians, Syriacs, Chaldeans and Greeks, were murdered by the Ottoman Empire during the genocide.
Turkey, the former Ottoman Empire, still denies that a genocide took place.
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