Benedict XIV's announcement he'll be stepping down this month as pope came as a shock to people in his home country, Germany. The German government quickly expressed its respect for the resigning pontiff's work.
Turkey has badly hurt its international ties by threatening Germany and other partner nations over their assessment of the Ottoman massacre of Armenians a century ago, DW's Thomas Seibert says from Istanbul.
Events held to remember the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago have caused a rift between Turkey and Europe. Ankara rejects that the killings were genocide, reports Thomas Seibert from Istanbul.
Turkey's president has condemned the pope for using the word "genocide" to describe the killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915. Turkey insists the deaths resulted from wartime unrest.
Turkey's prime minister has said the government "shares the pain" of descendants of Ottoman Armenians killed in 1915. Germany, meanwhile, looks set to follow the pope and others in calling the killings "genocide."