Yerevan, Armenia -- Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister says pope’s talk of Armenian genocide is a "great disgrace" that reflects the "traces and all the reflexes of the Crusades."
Pope Francis pointedly called the World War I-era killings of some 1.5 million Armenians "genocide," a term Turkish leaders have staunchly rejected.
Sarkiss Rshdouni escaped the fighting in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo months ago but cannot shake memories of what he witnessed.
"I was with a friend when I heard gunshots," said Rshdouni, who is among hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the war in his homeland. "It was fast -- second by second, the sound was getting closer. I saw mass shooting, people running."
Aleppo is home to more than 80 percent of Syria's Armenian community, and those who are still there remain at the center of the battle for control of the country.