Adding to angry comments about the Pope Francis' description of the Ottoman-era killing of Armenians as genocide, Turkey's prime minister said today that the pontiff has joined "an evil front" plotting against Turkey.
Turkey on Sunday recalled its ambassador to the Vatican for consultations even as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out at Pope Francis for "inappropriate" and "one-sided" comments after he used the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.
Turkey on Sunday summoned the Vatican envoy to Ankara to request an explanation over Pope Francis`s use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I, television reports said.
Pope Francis called on the world to give tangible help to persecuted Christians on Monday, highlighting the plight of people he described as modern "martyrs" after nearly 150 people were killed by Islamist militants in Kenya.
In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa.