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Priests bless an icon commemorating the martyrs during the ceremony at Echmiadzin cathedral (Photo: AP)

Armenian patriarch says canonisations will bring ‘life-giving new breath’ to the country

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai: 'We pray for all the martyrs who were killed' (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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'Their Christian faith was bruised and battered. In some cases, all hope was lost'

A century after the genocide began, Turkey still refuses to accept the truth. Yet for the sake of today’s persecuted Christians, the past must not be forgotten

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu added to the criticism of Pope Francis (AP)

Prime Minister Davutoglu’s comments follow criticism by Turkish president yesterday over Armenian genocide statement

Pope Francis is greeted by Catholicos Aram I, second left, and the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica (PA)

A new book describes why Turkey is right to have an uneasy conscience over its treatment of the Armenians

The faithful gather inside St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (AP)

Francis was speaking delivered a message at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday

Pope Francis is greeted by the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (PA)

Francis was speaking at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres

Pope Francis presents a print of St Peter's Basilica to Armenian president Serge Sarkisian last September (AP)

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President Obama said Islam was woven into America's history since its founding (PA)

President Obama’s recent speech on Islam and America’s foundation was historically inaccurate

Armenian Orthodox believers stand with Armenian flags at a cathedral in Moscow in 2012 to mark the anniversary of the mass killing of the Armenian people by Ottoman Turks (PA)

We must not forget Armenia’s suffering

Armenia has arguably produced more martyrs than anywhere else, given that the victims of the genocide were killed in hatred of the Faith