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Vatican and Ankara relations will escalate when Pope Francis canonizes the killed bishop: La Stampa

YEREVAN, AUGUST 10, ARMENPRESS. Pope of the Catholic Church Francis is going to canonize Mar Flavianus Michael Malke, the Syrian Catholic bishop of Gazarta who was killed in Mardin, 1915.

Armenpress reports, referring to Italian newspaper “La Stampa”, that the abovesaid would escalate the already tense relations between Vatican and Ankara.

During the Holy mass in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican which was served on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Pope demanded from Turkey to recognize the Genocide committed in the Ottoman Empire. After the crisis between the 2 countries, Ankara recalled its ambassador to the Vatican. 

Pope Francis considers Malke a genocide victim. Malke was arrested by the Turkish authorities on August 29, 1915, and was executed together with Armenian Catholic Jacques Abraham for not adopting Islam. 

Pope Francis declared that executing a person for his/her religious beliefs is an unacceptable crime, and asked the Canonization Commission to prepare the necessary documents for Malke’s Canonization.

According to the Italian newspaper, Malke’s Canonization will most probably take place in October.

Earlier in 2001 Pope John Paul canonized Armenian Catholic Archbishop Ignazio Maloyan who was killed in the Ottoman Empire.

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