Armenia has arguably produced more martyrs than anywhere else, given that the victims of the genocide were killed in hatred of the Faith....Remember, too, that St Blaise is the only Armenian saint in the Universal Calendar, the solitary representative of his culture. But what a culture! His nation is the oldest Christian nation, converted to Christ by St Gregory the Illuminator in 301, before Constantine, and the nation with arguably more martyrs than any other.
... the fateful day: April 24 1915. It was on this day that the Ottoman government began to arrest and deport Armenians who had been living in Anatolia from time immemorial. This organised campaign of arrest, deportation, massacre and extermination led to the deaths of between one million and one and a half million Armenians....
Adolf Hitler’s view of the Armenian genocide is worth recalling, and his reference to it, made in August 1939, worth quoting:Our strength is our quickness and our brutality. Genghis Khan had millions of women and children hunted down and killed, deliberately and with a gay heart. History sees in him only the great founder of States. What the weak Western European civilization alleges about me does not matter. I have given the order – and will have everyone shot who utters but one word of criticism – that the aim of this war does not consist in reaching certain designated [geographical] lines, but in the enemies’ physical elimination. Thus, for the time being only in the east, I put ready my Death’s Head units, with the order to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of the Polish race or language. Only thus will we gain the living space that we need. Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?Who indeed? That is why we need to talk about Armenia and remember them this April. Put the date of that hundredth anniversary in your diary now. (emphasis added)
Friday, February 06, 2015
"We must not forget Armenia’s suffering" (Catholic Herald, February 4, 2015):