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Armenian Church makes saints of 1.5 million genocide victims

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Holy Etchmiadzin in Armenia

ECHMIADZIN, Armenia (AFP) – The Armenian Church began Thursday a ceremony making saints of up to 1.5 million Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces as tensions over Turkey’s refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reached boiling point.

The ceremony, which is believed to become the biggest canonisation service in history, came ahead of commemorations expected to see millions of people including heads of state on Friday mark 100 years since the start of the killings.

The service was being held in Armenia’s main church,   Echmiadzin an austere fourth-century edifice said to be the Christian world’s oldest cathedral, an AFP correspondent reported.

Worshippers take part in the canonisation ceremony for Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, April 23, 2015 in Echmiadzin, outside Yerevan (AFP Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

The ceremony outside the Armenian capital Yerevan was set to end at 7:15 pm (1515 GMT) to symbolise the…

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