World Council of Churches expresses dismay over Hagia Sophia

[ad_1] The interim secretary general of the World Council of Churches has written to Turkey’s president expressing his “grief and dismay” over Turkey’s decision to change the status of Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. As a World Heritage museum, “Hagia Sophia has been a place of openness, encounter and inspiration […]

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Museum or mosque? Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

[ad_1] Turkey’s top court will deliver a critical verdict Thursday on whether Istanbul’s emblematic landmark and former church Hagia Sophia can be redesignated as a mosque, a ruling which could inflame tensions with the West. The sixth-century edifice — a magnet for tourists worldwide with its stunning architecture — has been a museum since 1935, […]

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