Armenian Mass at church in Turkey

Armenian Mass at church in Turkey

19 September 2010

Sunday’s service is the first at the church in 95 years

Armenian worshippers have held a service in a church in eastern Turkey
for the first time in nearly 100 years.

The church, on an island in Lake Van, was damaged during the mass
killing of Armenians during World War I.

It was restored by the government in 2007 and turned into a museum.

Turkey has allowed the Mass to take place in the hope it will be seen
as a gesture of reconciliation, but some have denounced the move as a
publicity stunt.

From: A. Papazian

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