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As Hagia Sophia converted to mosque, SAT-7 explores Turkey’s Christian legacy – Mission Network News

Turkey (MNN) The Hagia Sophia is now open as a mosque. The ancient Christian church had been used as a museum since 1934, celebrating the cultural diversity of Turkey. The conversion has caused a lot of controversies. Many Christians are saddened by the move, especially as Christian icons in the church are covered up during... Read more

Muslim leaders express concern over plans to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

The former Byzantine cathedral is to be turned into a mosque(Photo: Unsplash/Engin Akyurt)Muslim leaders have expressed their support for calls to keep the Hagia Sophia in Turkey open to people of all faiths. The UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the sixth century and was originally a cathedral before becoming a mosque after the Ottoman... Read more

Christians everywhere should be concerned about Hagia Sofia’s conversion to a mosque

The interior of the ancient Christian church of Hagia Sophia, which is to be turned into a mosque.ReutersIn a significant and shocking moment for Muslim-Christian relations, Turkey's President Erdogan has announced that the Hagia Sophia, the beautiful and grand former cathedral, is to be turned into a mosque again. The first church on the site... Read more

Once the Seat of Eastern Christianity, Hagia Sophia Is Set to Be Turned Into a Mosque

Once the Seat of Eastern Christianity, Hagia Sophia Is Set to Be Turned Into a Mosque Hagia Sophia, a museum known for its religious roots in Christianity in Istanbul, Turkey, will become a mosque. Many political and religious leaders have expressed outrage over the controversial decision.According to the Christian Post, the Hagia Sophia... Read more

Hagia Sophia decision worrisome for Christians – Mission Network News

Turkey (MNN) — Turkey faces international backlash today following a court decision to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The USCIRF issued its condemnation on Friday, while the World Council of Churches called on Turkeys president to reverse the decision. Middle East Concerns Daniel Hoffman says some leaders call it an unnecessary move one... Read more

Pope ‘deeply pained’ over Turkey’s decision to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

The interior of the ancient Christian church of Hagia Sophia, which is to be turned into a mosque.ReutersPope Francis has said he is "deeply pained" by Turkey's decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque.  The Byzantine landmark in Istanbul was built 1,500 years ago as a Christian cathedral and became a mosque after the... Read more

Hagia Sophia, foreign Christians targeted in Turkey – Mission Network News

Turkey (MNN) — Minority populations in Turkey increasingly find themselves on the outs with authorities and society-at-large. Concerning the future of religious freedom in Turkey, Its not looking positive, says Daniel Hoffman, Executive Director of Middle East Concern. Turkish authorities target foreign Christian leaders, and the world-renowned Hagia Sophia is in the cross-hairs, too. As... Read more

Bishops in Turkey say they cannot intervene over plans to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque

The interior of the ancient Christian church of Hagia Sophia, now a museum, which could be turned into a mosque.ReutersTurkey's Catholic bishops are refusing to contest plans to convert the landmark Hagia Sophia cathedral into a mosque. The Turkish government has faced strong cricitism over the plans, which are expected to be approved by the courts... Read more