Central Valley, California Congressmen David Valadao (R-CA) and Jim Costa (D-CA) welcomed Pope Francis’ trip to Armenia this weekend, highlighting the global importance of his impending visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial (Tsitsernakabert).
A former Trabzon intelligence bureau chief has been released from arrest over his alleged role in the murder of Armenian-origin Turkish journalist Hrant Dink.
In an address Friday in the presence of President Serzh Sarkisian, Pope France called the Armenian Genocide the “first of a deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century.”
Pope Francis arrived at Zvartnots International Airport at 3 p.m. local time and was welcomed by President Serzh Sarkisian and the First Lady Rita Sarkisian, His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians.
Turkish Armenians placed a black wreath in front of the Armenian Patriarchate protesting the current Patriarch Ateşyan and demanding their right to replace him.
Turkey is blocking the plans of a senior German defense official to visit Incirlik air base in July, appearing to be over the Germany’s Armenian Genocide resolution passed on June 2.
President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, urges the country’s Chamber of Deputies to discuss a resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide.
German historian Michael Hesemann has studied the Armenian Genocide for over 20 years, with more than 3000 pages of the Vatican Secret Archives related to the issue.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected a senior Azerbaijani official’s claim as “unscrupulous” that Monday’s Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Saint Petersburg resulted in an agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh favorable to Baku.
Armenian Americans will be closely following Pope Francis’ historic trip to Armenia this weekend.