Armenia: Pope Francis Impacts Politics

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Armenia: Pope Francis Impacts Politics

Armenia: Pope Francis Impacts Politics by Marianna Grigoryan, EurasiaNet

Pope Francis visited Armenia to promote the values of peace and reconciliation, but, for many ordinary Armenians, the pontiff’s June 24-26 trip only deepened a divide that separates them from their own government.

During public events for the pope in both the capital, Yerevan, and the northern town of Gyumri, police arrested political activists demanding the release of alleged political prisoners or blocked their attendance at liturgies and prayer services.

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