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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...

Mike Pompeo Expresses “Disappointment” in Turkish Decision on Hagia Sophia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently expressed his disapproval over Turkey's decision to convert Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque last week, along with fellow political and world leaders who expressed similar sentiments. Secretary Pompeo went on...

US Ambassador Pyatt Meets with Greek FM Dendias on Hagia Sophia

  Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Wednesday had a meeting with U.S. Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt, according to a tweet issued by the Greek Foreign Ministry. According to reports, the meeting, which was held at the Foreign Ministry, focused...

Archbishop Elpidophoros, Cardinal Dolan Decry Hagia Sophia Decision in Joint Statement

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, Greek Orthodox Elpidophoros and Catholic Cardinal, Timothy Dolan, deeply deplored Turkey's decision last Friday to reconvert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Both churchmen joined together to express their indignation at the events of...

Greek PM: Turkey's Move on Hagia Sophia Severs Ties with the West

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday blasted the decision by Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a move he said “which hurts us as Orthodox Christians but also as citizens of the world.” Mitsotakis made his remarks after...

The American Who Restored Hagia Sophia’s Ancient Mosaics to their Former Glory

The mosaics of Hagia Sophia are world-renowned priceless artifacts not only of Greek Orthodoxy but also of Byzantine Civilization and Hellenism. What is lesser known is that the hagiographies inside the Cathedral were restored by an American man before...

Italian, Israeli Groups Protest Hagia Sophia Conversion to Mosque

Italian and Israeli groups protested on Monday the decision by Turkey to turn the Hagia Sophia museum to a mosque. Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Turkish consulate in Milan to express their dismay at the Turkish decision. Led by...

EU Foreign Ministers Condemn Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Decision

The European Union's foreign affairs leader Josep Borrell stated that the EU flatly "condemned the Turkish decision to convert such an emblematic monument as the Hagia Sophia," after Monday's meeting of all 27 foreign ministers of the nations belonging...