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“Sadly, that tragedy — that genocide — was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century, made possible by twisted racial, ideological or religious aims that darkened the minds of the tormentors even to the point of planning the annihilation of entire peoples.” — Pope Francis in Yerevan, Armenia, speaking of the “Great Evil” of the First World War Armenian genocide, June 24, 2016

Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, greet the crowd after participating in a divine liturgy at Etchmiadzin in Vagharshapat, Armenia, June 26. The pope is holding Armenia's flag.