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United States and Turkey Sign Cultural Property Agreement

The United States and Turkey signed a "Cultural Property Agreement" on Tuesday which ostensibly calls for the protection of cultural property in Turkey but has set off alarm bells in the academic community, with many fearing that it paves...

Council of Europe Condemns Conversion of Hagia Sophia from Museum to Mosque

In an official statement released on Friday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) condemned Turkey's July 13 decision to convert the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque. PACE's Committee on Culture, Science, Education & Media...

Archdiocese of North America Petitions UN on Hagia Sophia Reconversion

It was announced on Tuesday that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is petitioning United Nations experts to hold the Republic of Turkey accountable for what the archdiocese calls "its deliberate policies to erase the cultural heritage of Orthodox...

Archbishop Elpidophoros Calls for Continued Orthodox – Catholic Dialogue

Greek Orthodox Archbishop of the Americas Elpidophoros spoke on Monday evening at Fordham University as part of its Christ and Anastasia Economos lecture series, lauding the solidarity he had found with Catholic Cardinal Dolan of New York and calling...

“Preposterous” US-Turkey Deal Could Lead to Pillage of Cultural Heritage

In these days of severely heightened tensions originating from Turkey's repeated incursions into the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean in search of oil and gas, even the sending of warships to accompany drilling vessels there, it appears yet another...

Syrian City Lays Cornerstone for New Hagia Sophia Cathedral

In war-torn Syria, as citizens try to deal with an almost total breakdown of their society after their country served as a battleground for many opposing forces, Orthodox Christians have decided to build a replica of the Hagia Sophia...