In a recent speech, Pope Francis referred to an early 20th century event in the old Ottoman Empire as the Armenian Genocide. Turkey denies that it was so, declaring it was not the Ottoman Empire at fault but the fighting of Christians and Muslims. I'm not an expert and I don't know everything about the event, but it's hard to deny when 1.5 million were murdered that it wasn't as bad as it was. It happened a hundred years ago, before the Republic of Turkey even existed. It's a little hard to understand why people would lie about their land's past, but then again I live in the American South where people shamefully do that all the time.