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Reopening of Chora Monastery as Mosque Postponed

In a surprising about-face, after its announcement yesterday that the Greek Orthodox monastery at Chora would be reopened and used for Muslim prayers on Friday, the Directorate of Religious Affairs in Turkey said that the reopening of the Monastery...

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...

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...

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...

Official UNESCO Statement on Reconversion of Hagia Sophia into Mosque

  UNESCO, the United Nations body tasked with the identification and preservation of sites with the greatest significance to the world's priceless common heritage, issued a statement on Friday regarding Turkish President Erdogan's official decree turning Hagia Sophia, the greatest...

Erdogan Defies World, Orders Hagia Sophia to be Turned Into Mosque

Turkey's top administrative court, the Council of State, announced on Friday that the 1934 conversion of Constantinople's Hagia Sophia into a museum was unlawful, paving the way for its reconversion into a mosque despite strong international opposition. Turkey's President Recep...

Erdogan’s Move on Hagia Sophia a “Deep Affront to Christians Around the World”

American officials reacted angrily on Friday to the decree by Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change Hagia Sophia's status from a museum and World Heritage site to a mosque.  The leadership of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued...