The dominant church in Armenia has used the 100th anniversary of the 1915-23 genocide to honor the victims in hopes this act of love will liberate Armenians from hatred toward the Turks. The canonization is one sign of both sides inching toward reconciliation.
Bythe Monitor's Editorial Board
For the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the Armenian Apostolic Church decided to conduct an act of love and appreciation. It canonized all the victims, who numbered as many as 1.5 million. The ceremony on Thursday was not so much about the Ottoman Turks, who started the slaughter on April 24, 1915. Nor was it about modern Turkey, whose leaders still deny the genocide. Rather, as Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan told The Guardian, “We have to liberate our own people from hostility and hatred.”