YEREVAN - The Vatican hit back on 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.
"The pope is on no crusade. He is not trying to organize wars or build walls but he wants to build bridges," spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters. "He has not said a word against the Turkish people."
Addressing Armenia's president, the government and diplomats on 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.