Commemorating on April 24 the Armenian holocaust at the Armenian College in Rome, Curia Cardinal Leonardo Sandri did everything to avoid the word “genocide.”
Between 1915-1917, the anti-Islamic liberal Young Turk government killed two thirds of the 2 million Armenians living in Turkey. Benedict XV personally intervened twice in 1915 with Sultan Mehmed V but, unfortunately, this made the situation worse.
Sandri was more diplomatic. He called the genocide "immense violence," a "drama," a "stain on the history of humanity", a "systematically planned suffering," the “great crime,” the "great evil," but not once a genocide – obviously in order not to upset the NATO country Turkey.
In the past, even Francis had the courage to call the Armenian genocide a genocide.