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Italy Asks UEFA to Move Champions League Final From Istanbul Over Syrian War

Vincenzo Spadafora, the Italian Minister for Sports, sent a letter to UEFA President Alexander Ceferin on Monday, asking whether or not the finals of football's Champions League for 2020 should be held in Istanbul as scheduled. Spadafora wondered in his...

Istanbul’s Greek Orthodox Orphanage Needs 40-Million-Euro Restoration

 The leading European heritage organization Europa Nostra and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute stated in a recently issued report that a restoration of the Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage in Istanbul would cost at least 40 million euros. Furthermore, the...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Castigates Moscow Patriarchate Over Ukraine

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I strongly criticized the Russian Patriarchate of Moscow on Tuesday regarding the issue of the independence of the Ukrainian Church. The already-cool relations between the two Christian Orthodox Patriarchates were completely severed a few...

”It’s Not Constantinople, It’s Istanbul; It’s Islam-bul” Turkey’s Erdogan Says

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that still ''there are people who want to see Istanbul as Constantinople,'' on Saturday. Erdogan was participating in the series of public spectacles and events which Turkey organizes every year on the occasion of the...

Halki Summit III on Ecological Awareness to be Hosted By Ecumenical Patriarch

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will host the third Halki Summit from May 31st to June 4th, 2019 in Turkey, according to a press release issued recently by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The summit will convene distinguished representatives from Orthodox theological...

Turkey’s Erdogan Repeats Threats To Turn Hagia Sophia Into Mosque

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated on Friday his intentions to change Hagia Sophia's status from Museum to Mosque. Erdogan has made Hagia Sophia one of the main topics of the political discourse in Turkey ahead of Sunday's local...

Turning Hagia Sophia into Mosque Requires UNESCO’s Approval, Officials Say

Greek media, citing sources from UNESCO on Wednesday morning, reported that the Paris-based organization has tried to halt Erdogan’s plans to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine Christian Cathedral until Constantinople’s fall in 1453, is now...

Turkey’s Erdogan Threatens to Turn Hagia Sophia to a Mosque

On the eve of Greek national day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced the possibility of reverting the Hagia Sophia to a mosque. "This is not unlikely. We might even change its name to Ayasofya Mosque," Erdogan said during a...

A Greek Newspaper Struggles to Survive in Istanbul

The story of the Apoyevmatini newspaper in Istanbul mirrors to a great extent the story of the Greek community in the city: Once abundant and prospering, but today, struggling to survive. Founded on July 12, 1925, the Apoyevmatini ("Evening newspaper" in...

New Zealand Killer’s Reference to Hagia Sofia Angers President Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan responded angrily on Friday to the so-called manifesto of the New Zealand killer, which contained hateful anti-Islamic language. The pages-long rant by white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, reveals an obsession with historical figures who fought...