I have lived in Ghana for many years when quite often my Armenian ancestral background was a source of interest to Ghanaians I knew from all walks of life. Armenia is a very old country, rich in history and sadly in tragedy too.
Armenia is the land of biblical Noah and mount Ararat where the Ark rested. The capital Yerevan recently celebrated its 2790th anniversary, the oldest continuously inhabited capital city in the world, older than Rome. Armenia is also known for the land of thousand churches with their distinctive and unique architecture. The Holy See cathedral in Echmiadzin, is the oldest cathedral in the world, was built in the year 303 AD and is still in use today. Present day Armenia is about 10 per cent of its historic territory.
On April 24th, 2015, the Armenians in Armenia and all over the world will commemorate the centenary anniversary of the horrific massacres they were subjected to under the ruling Ottoman Turks from April 1915 until the closing days of the First World War. Up to one and a half million died in what is now recognised by many countries as the first Genocide of the 20th Century.
Last week, His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated a special mass in Rome for the victims of the Armenian genocide. In his homily, His Holiness remembered and prayed also for all genocide victims in Europe, Africa and the rest of the world.
On that fateful day, many world leaders, church and other dignitaries will gather in the capital, Yerevan and participate in the centenary memorial to pay tributes to the victims. This will be a day of remembrance and prayers not only by Armenians but also by all people of goodwill.
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