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  • Hagia Sophia Is in Danger, Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy Tells UNESCO

    11/12/2022 6:53:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/2/22
    “The profane conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not only an insult to historical truth, it constitutes a direct threat to the monument,” believes the General Secretary of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. “Hagia Sophia must be declared a monument in danger,” Dr. Maximos Charakopoulos, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, said after a meeting with a representative of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Center in Paris, reports News Bulletin 24/7. During the meeting, Charakopoulos informed the UNESCO rep about the damages the former cathedral has suffered since being reconverted into mosque. Unfortunately, there have been numerous reports of damage...
  • 4th-Century Structure Revealed Underground Beneath Hagia Sophia

    09/02/2022 7:26:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 8/31/22
    “Fifteen centuries after its foundation, the magnificent Byzantine Church of Hagia Sophia still hides secrets whose discovery causes surprise and admiration.” Now, the oldest structure of the entire Hagia Sophia complex in Istanbul has been opened. The existence of the structure, a three-room catacomb dating to the 4th century, has been known since 1946, but only recently was the work of removing the tons of mud and sediment that engulfed the site completed, reports CNN Greece.
  • 'Faulty Wiring' Burns More Churches, Kills 41 More Christians

    08/24/2022 9:24:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | AUG 21, 2022 | RAYMOND IBRAHIM
    All throughout last week, some five or six Coptic churches in Egypt have “caught fire”— ... the Church of Abu Seifein (named after Saint Mercurius of Caesarea, who is revered by the Copts). At least 41 Christians — 18 of whom were children — were either burned alive, killed by asphyxiation, or ... Considering that Muslims have torched or bombed hundreds of Coptic churches over the decades in Egypt — and often when churches are packed — it is, of course, difficult to resist that explanation. Moreover, this last week was the “anniversary” of when Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers torched 62...
  • Hagia Sophia’s Marble Floors Suffer ‘Tremendous Damage’ from Cleaning Mishap

    07/01/2022 1:18:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    ARTnews ^ | June 30, 2022 | Francesca Aton
    The Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine-era religious building in Istanbul, Turkey, was reportedly damaged last week when heavy cleaning equipment cracked the marble floors. It is just the latest incident in recent years that has seen the site damaged. The Hagia Sophia, constructed by the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I between 532 and 537, served as the largest Christian cathedral in the world until Constantinople was taken over by the Ottoman Empire in 1453. It was then turned into a mosque and subsequently into a museum by Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1935. Considered one of the most important religious...
  • Istanbul, the Islamic prayer of Ramadan returns to Saint Sophia

    04/01/2022 2:46:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/1/2022
    After almost a century, in the former Christian basilica - then museum - of Saint (Hagia) Sophia, which was converted into a mosque by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will once again hear the Islamic prayer for Ramadan. The tarawih, which every devout Muslim recites every night in the holy month of fasting and prayer, will be celebrated inside the building, as confirmed yesterday by the country's highest religious office. The powerful Ali Erbas, head of the Diyanet, already leading the first Islamic Eid prayer in the disputed place of worship, said that "thank God for the first time in...
  • The Hagia Sophia: A 'Center of Knowledge about Islam'?

    05/31/2021 4:18:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    American ^ | May 31, 2021 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Last summer, Turkish authorities transformed Hagia Sophia ("Holy Wisdom") — which was originally built, and for a millennium functioned, as one of Christendom's greatest cathedrals — into a mosque (again). On that Friday, July 24, 2020 (which for millions of Eastern Christians is now deemed a "day of mourning"), Muslims met inside the desecrated church, where they were led in prayer by a sword-waving imam, to spasmodic cries of "Allahu akbar." The Turks, beginning with their president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have been presenting this bit of cultural appropriation as their "right." Imam Ali Erbas, Turkey's president of religious affairs, has...
  • After Hagia Sophia Turkey Converts Another Byzantine Church to Mosque

    08/21/2020 5:46:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    Greek Reporter (Europe) ^ | Aug 21, 2020 | Tasos Kokkinidis
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a presidential decree on Friday turning the historic Holy Saviour in Chora, a medieval Byzantine church in western Constantinople that was a museum, into a mosque. The move follows the July decision to convert Hagia Sophia to a mosque, a move condemned by the international community. The change in its status was passed in December 2019 but the decision of the State Council of Turkey had not been implemented, until today. Chora is one of the most splendid examples of Byzantine art, and still preserves mosaics and frescoes. The interior is covered with Bible...
  • UAE renames Abu Dhabi mosque after Mary, mother of Jesus

    06/25/2017 2:08:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    A mosque in the capital of the United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi was renamed on Wednesay to “Mariam Umm Eisa” – meaning mother of Jesus in Arabic. The move was aimed at promoting social connections between followers of different religions and strengthen the common characteristics between them, local media reported. The name of the mosque, previously known as “Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque,” was changed by order of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan to “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions”. UAE's Minister of State for Tolerance Sheikha Lubna al-Qasimi said the move reflected...
  • Syria Planning to Build Replica of Hagia Sophia Church In Protest of Turkey’s Mosque Conversion

    07/29/2020 7:39:02 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 3 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | July 29, 2020 | Richard Moorehead
    The government of Syria has begun plans to construct a smaller-scale replica of the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul(formerly Constantinople) in the country’s Hama province, in response to the decision of the government of Turkey to convert the historic 6th century cathedral into a mosque for a second time. Hagia Sophia, which was first constructed as a Christian cathedral in the medieval Byzantine Empire, was turned into a mosque upon the 1453 conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire. It was later converted into a museum shortly after the foundation of the modern-day Republic of Turkey, and Turkish President Recep...
  • Hagia Sophia to be Open 24 Hours a Day by Order of Erdogan

    07/29/2020 6:30:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The “Great Mosque” – as Hagia Sophia is now called by Turkey – will be open 24 hours a day. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave that order a day after the first Muslim prayer that took place inside the historic monument. “As of today, the president ordered us to open Hagia Sophia 24 hours a day for prayer. The Hagia Sophia ‘Mosque’ will be open all the time, that is 24 hours a day. We express our gratitude to our president,” posted the governor of Constantinople, Ali Yerlikaya, on Twitter. At the same time, ongoing works will be carried...
  • War Looms In The Mediterranean And Threatens To Entangle The Great Powers

    07/29/2020 7:59:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 29, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    America and the United Kingdom would be wise to let Egypt, France, and Greece take the lead in balancing a dangerous and resurgent Turkey. With Americans focused on the anarchy in Democrat-led cities, a cryptic tweet from French President Emmanuel Macron on July 20 went out relatively unnoticed. Macron tweeted he had a great discussion with “his friend” Donald Trump about Libya.Within hours, the Egyptian parliament declared they had voted unanimous support for Egyptian President Al-Sisi to send in Egyptian troops and armor in support of battered Eastern Libyan forces on their back foot due to Turkish intervention. Anyone keeping...
  • “War” of Greek-Turkish Statements About Hagia Sophia

    07/26/2020 4:58:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Greek Foreign Ministry said that there was an “irrational manifestation of religious and nationalist fanaticism in present-day Turkey”, responding to Ankara’s inflammatory statement about Hagia Sophia. The full statement of the Greek Foreign Ministry in response to the provocative statement of Turkey is the following: “The international community of the 21st century is astonished to see the irrational manifestation of religious and nationalist fanaticism in present-day Turkey. Such manifestations have been condemned and are unworthy of a response, while they expose internationally those who express and fuel such beliefs.”The representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, deemed Greece...
  • ‘Assault’: Asian cardinal denounces Muslim resumed takeover of Catholic cathedral Hagia Sophia

    07/25/2020 1:18:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 24, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    ‘Assault’: Asian cardinal denounces Muslim resumed takeover of Catholic cathedral Hagia Sophia Cardinal Charles Bo said that ‘turning what was once the world’s largest cathedral into a mosque’ will ‘sow tensions, divide people and inflict pain.’ YANGON, Myanmar, July 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic cardinal who is the leader of the Asian bishops has strongly condemned the move of the Turkish government to allow the former Catholic cathedral Hagia Sophia, once the most important church in Eastern Christianity, to be turned back into a mosque. Cardinal Charles Bo said that not only does the move “grieve” him, but he...
  • Muslims Claim Córdoba Cathedral

    07/25/2020 10:31:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 24, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    Muslims Claim Córdoba Cathedral Hagia Sophia sets precedent for Islamic takeover of Christian sites ROME ( - The ruler of Sharjah — the third largest and third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates — is demanding the conversion of Córdoba's Catholic cathedral into a mosque days after Turkey ordered the Islamic takeover of Hagia Sophia basilica. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, sovereign of one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), told Sharjah News that Córdoba Cathedral, located in the Spanish region of Andalusia, was "a gift" to Christians "who do not deserve it."Sheikh Sultan bin...
  • Hagia Sophia: Greek president appeals to Pope Francis to put pressure on Turkey

    07/21/2020 7:24:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 21, 2020 | CNA
    Hagia Sophia: Greek president appeals to Pope Francis to put pressure on Turkey The president of Greece called Pope Francis Monday urging the pope to advocate for the preservation of the status quo regarding Hagia Sophia, which is due to be reverted to a mosque this week.In a phone call July 20, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou told the pope that Turkey’s decision “deeply hurts those who consider this top symbol of Christianity to belong to humanity and the world’s cultural heritage,” according to a statement from the president’s office. She said that the move should be “explicitly and unequivocally condemned” by...
  • Turkish Supreme Court: Sultan Mehmet Bought Hagia Sophia Fair and Square

    07/20/2020 8:29:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Jul 20, 2020 | Robert Spencer
    Just ignore those rivers of blood. No one should be concerned about the conversion of Hagia Sophia, the foremost cathedral in the Christian world for nearly a thousand years, into a mosque – at least according to Shahid Qureshi, writing Monday in a Muslim publication known as the London Post. Why not? Because Mehmet the Conqueror, the Ottoman Sultan who conquered Constantinople and destroyed the Byzantine Empire on May 29, 1453, bought the place fair and square. So who could object? Once a mosque, always a mosque, and after all, the Christians sold it to him! Qureshi claims that Mehmet...
  • Hagia Sophia mosaics will be covered with curtains during prayers: Turkish presidential spokesman

    07/19/2020 1:25:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/19/2020
    Mosaics depicting Christian figures in Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia will be covered with curtains during Muslim prayers, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Sunday, as work to prepare the building for use as a mosque continues. Hagia Sophia dates back to the sixth century and has a history as both a church and a mosque before it was turned into a museum. In an interview with broadcaster NTV, Kalin said some mosaics of Mary and Gabriel that are positioned in the direction of Qiblah, where Muslims face during prayer, would be covered with curtains. He said other mosaics of...
  • The American Who Restored the Priceless Mosaics of Hagia Sophia

    07/18/2020 6:36:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/16/20 | John Burger
    Boston-born Thomas Whittemore, a friend of Turkish reformer Atatürk, uncovered the gems that had been hidden for 500 years.If Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia gets turned into a mosque, as many expect it will, its precious Byzantine mosaic icons are likely to be covered up during Muslim prayers. The mosaics were plastered over for centuries when the former cathedral of the Church of Constantinople served as a place of Muslim worship. On July 10, in an address to the nation, Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, announced that Hagia Sophia would be reopened for Muslim worship on July 24. The Turkish Council of...
  • [Barf Alert] Vatican on Hagia Sophia: Don’t Blame Islam

    07/16/2020 7:14:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 16, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    [Barf Alert] Vatican on Hagia Sophia: Don’t Blame Islam VATICAN CITY ( - A Vatican representative is insisting that Turkey's conversion of Hagia Sophia to a mosque should not be seen as "Islamic aggression" even as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fired a shot across the Vatican's bow in an Islamic supremacist speech. "It is the product of the same logic to demand the Vatican be converted into a museum and insist that Hagia Sophia remain as a museum," Erdoğan declared on Turkish television Monday after Turkey's top court annulled President Kemal Atatürk's 1934 decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum as...
  • Holy Eparchial Synod Designates July 24 as a Day of Mourning

    07/16/2020 11:55:56 AM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ^ | 16 July A.D. 2020 | ELPIDOPHOROS, Archbishop of America
    And Let Our Cry Come Unto Thee” Sunday, July 19, 2020 To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Again and most fervently, the Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, write to you with...