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YEREVAN. – Armenian Genocide historian Verjiné Svazlian on Saturday presented her book to Pope Francis. 

The book, entitled Armenian Genocide, has been translated into Turkish and English, and Svazlian presented the English version to the Pontiff.

“I presented the book Armenian Genocide to the Pope, [and] which I have written since 1955,” Svazlian, who on Saturday had come to the Armenian Genocide Memorial in capital city Yerevan to present this book to the Bishop of Rome, told Armenian News-NEWS.am. “The book, which has been written for sixty years, contains not only the memoirs and accounts of genocide survivors, but also historical songs.

“There was quite a stir when the book was translated for the first time in Turkey. The Turks were buying the book to learn the truth, since they don’t talk about it in Turkey.”

Pope Francis, in turn, gave a cross to Verjiné Svazlian, as a gift, and thanked her for the present.

A group of descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors also with the Holy Father at the Armenian Genocide Memorial. Their forebears, who were Genocide orphans, were sheltered in the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo, and by the decision of Pope Pius XI. 

 “The Pope of Rome asked about our stories, and then presented blessed crosses,” said Alisa Mkrtchyan, a progeny of these genocide survivors.

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