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Thousands Attend Hagia Sophia Prayers As Monument is Converted to Mosque

Thousands of worshipers, many waving Turkish flags, gathered at Hagia Sophia for Friday prayers as the UNESCO World Heritage Site was officially inaugurated as a mosque. The 1,500-year-old site became a museum in 1934. But earlier this month, a Turkish...

Greek EU Minister Schinas Expresses Anger Over Muslim Prayers in Hagia Sophia

  "Turkey must finally decide what its broader geopolitical goal will be," said Margaritis Schinas, the European Commission's vice-president and Commissioner for the promotion of the European way of life, during the presentation of the new EU strategy for the...

US House Passes Hagia Sophia Amendment

On the eve of Turkey’s planned inauguration of using Hagia Sophia as a mosque, the US House of Representatives passed, by unanimous consent, an amendment offered by Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) objecting to Turkey’s seizure of the Great Church...

Greek PM Mitsotakis Speaks with Russian President Putin by Telephone on Wednesday

According to information released by the Greek Prime Minister's office, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin by telephone on Wednesday evening. The two men discussed bilateral relations, and recent developments in the East Mediterranean and the...

Greece Launches Campaign to Raise International Awareness of Hagia Sophia

  A working group will be set up shortly in order to draw up a specific road map of actions to raise awareness within the international community about Turkey's conversion of Hagia Sophia to a mosque and to protect the priceless...

Erdogan Invites World Leaders to Friday’s Muslim Prayer Service at Hagia Sophia

According to information published in the Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet today, government officials there have sent out invitations to a number of officials to hear the prayers which will be said on the first Friday after the reconversion of...

Greek President Sakellaropoulou Deplores Turkish Invasion, Hagia Sophia Decision

  "This year, on the sad anniversary of the 20th of July, we are facing an unprecedentedly escalating Turkish aggression, which is manifesting itself throughout the Eastern Mediterranean region," President Katerina Sakellaropoulou said on Monday in her statement on the...

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Declares Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia

Churches under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will toll their bells mournfully following Turkey's decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The action was decided by the Archdiocese's Holy Synod during a video conference call...

Largest Muslim Organization in North America Speaks Out Against Erdogan

The Islamic Society of North America, described as the largest Muslim organization in North America, recently released a statement condemning Turkish President Erdogan's decision to convert the Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque. The following was written by ISNA...

AHEPA Statement Calls for Boycott of Turkish Goods

Supreme President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association George G. Horiates recently released a statement calling for the boycott of all Turkish goods. Titled "In Wake of Hagia Sophia's Status Change, A Need for Action. Let's Start with a...