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  • Re-Islamization in Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Next?

    07/14/2014 4:36:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/14/2014 | Victor Gaetan
    Visiting Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), Christianity’s first mighty cathedral — now a museum — inaugurated by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in Constantinople in 537, is a mixed blessing.Nothing can undercut the raw power of this huge structure, constructed in less than six years. Nothing can prevent glimmers of its former splendor from piercing my soul.Spying the central mosaic of Mother Mary holding Jesus, high up in the semi-dome above the missing altar, I shiver thinking of all she’s survived: earthquakes, invasion, theft, concealment.But the place is more…dingy than I expected considering its great significance: the building changed the course of sacred...
  • U.S. Commission Objects to Converting Hagia Sophia Back Into Mosque Again ( Turkey )

    05/31/2014 7:00:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 30, 2014 | Abigail Wilkinson
    The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has condemned a bill recently introduced in the Turkish parliament that would change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum, which it has been since 1935, to a mosque. ... The 1,477-year-old Hagia Sophia, which is located in Istanbul, has had a turbulent history. The historic building, which was originally constructed under Emperor Justinian, was completed by 537 A.D. and is an iconic example of Byzantine architecture. It served alternately as a Roman Catholic cathedral and an Eastern Orthodox church until 1453, when the Ottoman Turks captured Constantinople and converted...
  • Turkish Prime Minister to Perform Namaz at Hagia Sophia Church

    05/05/2014 7:40:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The current Turkish prime-minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is considering the possibility of Muslim prayer at Hagia Sophia Church in Istanbul (Constantinople), reports Romphea. Erdogan is planning to participate in a namaz at the historic Hagia Sophia Church in Constantinople, reports the Radikal Turkish daily newspaper. The Muslim prayer will probably be performed during the annual celebrations of the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, just before the August elections, when Erdogan wants to retake his office of prime-minister. Realizing that such prayer at Hagia Sophia may provoke active opposition, the Turkish authorities have to make concessions and...
  • Motion to transform Hagia Sophia into a mosque: Conquest of Constantinople a national holiday...

    05/05/2014 3:14:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 5/5/2014 | NaT da Polis
    A little-known independent deputy from the Burdur district, Hami Yildirim, has filed a motion in the Turkish parliament to transform the Istanbul Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque. The Hagia Sophia is known to all as an architectural masterpiece, a symbol of united Christendom, built by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD. The news was broken by Haber Turk and so far has not been denied. On the contrary, there are other worrying signs: a few days ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his desire to celebrate an Islamic function in Santa Sofia on 29 May, the day that commemorates...
  • Wonder of the World, Hagia Sophia Church, Might Become Mosque

    03/22/2014 5:58:49 PM PDT · by newberger · 23 replies
    Finnbay.com ^ | Mar 17, 2014
    The Christian world is alarmed over the possibility ventilated in local media that Turkish Islamic Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan could convert Istanbuls Hagia Sophia basilica, a symbol of Orthodox Christianity that is currently a museum, into a mosque in the coming months. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I reiterated his firm opposition to such a plan, Radikal newspaper and other media reported. We will oppose this, as will all Christians be they Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant, he said at meeting with scholars on the eve of the Sinaxis, a summit of Orthodox churches kicking off Istanbul on Thursday. The Hagia Sophia basilica...
  • Mosque takes over former Wheaton church ( Illinois )

    12/05/2013 8:14:56 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 2, 2013 | Bob Goldsborough
    A mosque recently moved into a former church building on the northeast side of Wheaton, becoming what is believed to be the city's first Islamic institution. In late August, the Islamic Center of Wheaton bought and moved into the 26,193-square-foot former First Assembly of God Church at 900 E. Geneva Road, at the southwest corner of Geneva Road and President Street. Records show that, through a bank trust, the Islamic Center of Wheaton paid $3.15 million for the church and its 7.08-acre property. Mosque spokesman Abraham Antar said he and his fellow congregants are excited about their new home, which...
  • Former Turkish Cathedral Hagia Sophia May Become a Mosque

    12/04/2013 1:45:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/03/2013 | MICHAEL GRYBOSKI,
    Members of the government of the Republic of Turkey have expressed consideration in turning a notable landmark that was once a church into a mosque. Hagia Sophia, originally built as a cathedral and presently a museum, may be turned into a mosque, recently commented Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. "We are looking at a sad Hagia Sophia, but hopefully we will see it smiling again soon," said Arinc regarding the possible change. Such a possible move has garnered controversy both within Turkey and internationally, as many believe such a decision could put the country at odds with its generations...
  • Persistent rumours suggest Hagia Sophia will be turned into a mosque

    09/03/2013 1:14:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/30/2013
    Increasingly, rumours are circulating about the future transformation of the Cathedral of Saint Sophia into a mosque. This is worrisome because two other temples, also dedicated to Saint Sophia, were recently transformed from museums into mosques. The two churches in question are Hagia Sophia in Nicaea (Iznik), where the first ecumenical council was held, and Hagia Sophia in Trebizond (Trabzon). For the record, with the fall of Constantinople (1453), all of the city's churches were converted into mosques, but with the advent of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the most important monuments were turned into museums.Skylife, the free magazine handed...
  • Mosque conversion raises alarm (Hagia Sophia, Turkey)

    04/11/2013 10:01:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    The Art Newspaper ^ | 11 April 2013 | Andrew Finkel
    One of the most important monuments of late Byzantium, the 13th-century Church of Hagia Sophia in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, which is now a museum, will be converted into a mosque, after a legal battle that has dramatic implications for other major historical sites in Turkey. Many in Turkey believe that the Church of Hagia Sophia is a stalking horse for the possible re-conversion of its more famous namesake in Istanbul, the Hagia Sophia Museum (Ayasofya Mzesi). For around 50 years, responsibility for the Church of Hagia Sophia in Trabzon has rested with Turkeys Ministry of Culture and...
  • Orthodox Patriarch Opposes Plan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    02/22/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkeys government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk. Bartholomew I says Hagia Sophia should stay a museum (ANSAMed)
  • Bartholomew I: Do Not Transform Hagia Sophia in Trabzon into a Mosque

    08/18/2012 1:08:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/17/12 | Nat da Polis
    The Ecumenical Patriarch is opposed to the proposal of the Vice-President Bulent Arinc because there is "no need" for worship. Bartholomew is also supported by the head of the Muslim community, who points out the many mosques, which remain largely empty. Regarding minorities, the government is Turkish makes "one step forward, one step back." Anti-conformist sentiments on the up.Trabzon (AsiaNews) - There is "no need" to transform the ancient church of Aghia Sophia in Trabzon into a mosque, it is better that it remains a museum open to all religions: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, expressed with clarity his...
  • Muslims in Turkey Demand Historic Cathedral Be Turned Into Mosque (Is this the end of Hagia Sophia?)

    06/08/2012 2:11:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/08/2012 | By Nicola Menzie
    Thousands of Muslims in Turkey, preparing to celebrate the Ottoman conquest of the country 500 years ago, are demanding that authorities allow them to convert the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, despite laws forbidding worship at what was once the world's most renowned Christian church. Instanbul's Hagia Sophia, which means "Holy Wisdom" in Greek, was completed in 537 by Emperor Justinian and considered the center of Orthodox Christianity for more than 900 years. It was converted in the mid-15th century into a mosque after conquest by the Ottomans and became a source of pride for the Muslim world. On...
  • Greatest Church Soon To Be Mega Mosque?

    06/08/2012 4:49:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 8, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Though ostensibly dealing with a building, a recent report demonstrates how Turkeys populaceonce deemed the most secular and liberal in the Muslim worldis reverting to its Islamic heritage, complete with animosity for the infidel West and dreams of Islams glory days of jihad and conquest. According to Reuters: Thousands of devout Muslims prayed outside Turkeys historic Hagia Sophia museum on Saturday [May 23] to protest a 1934 law that bars religious services at the former church and mosque. Worshippers shouted, Break the chains, let Hagia Sophia Mosque open, and God is great [the notorious Allahu Akbar] before kneeling in prayer...
  • Hagia Sophia's angel uncovered

    07/24/2009 10:48:16 AM PDT · by iowamark · 25 replies · 1,295+ views
    TurkishNY.com ^ | 07/24/2009 | unstated
    Experts have uncovered one of the six angel mosaics within the world-famous Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul after it had been hidden for 160 years behind plaster and a metal mask. The mosaic, which measures 1.5 meters by 1 meter, was last seen by Swiss architect Gaspare Fossati, who headed restoration efforts at the museum between 1847 and 1849, and Ottoman Sultan Abdlmecid. Experts were surprised to see that the mosaic, believed to date from the 14th century, was so well preserved. Hagia Sophia, built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian between A.D. 532 and 537, was originally a basilica before...
  • Long-lost Mosaic Seraphim Uncovered at Istanbuls Hagia Sophia

    07/25/2009 3:41:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 880+ views
    BlackCordelias ^ | July 24, 2009
    Note: Below image is the Archangel Gabriel, not one of the newly uncovered images.Official: Long-lost mosaic seraphim uncovered at Istanbul’s Haghia SophiaSUZAN FRASER, Star Tribune ANKARA, Turkey – Restoration workers have uncovered a well-preserved, long-hidden mosaic face of an angel at the former Byzantine cathedral of Haghia Sophia in Istanbul, an official said Friday.The seraphim figure — one of two located on the side of a dome — had been covered up along with the building’s other Christian mosaics shortly after Constantinople — the former name for Istanbul — fell to the Ottomans in 1453 and the cathedral was...
  • The glories of the Ottoman Empire are a Turkish delight

    11/01/2003 11:22:52 AM PST · by Willie Green · 88 replies · 548+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Saturday, November 01, 2003 | Dan Simpson
    <p>Having lived nine years in parts of the former Ottoman Empire but never having visited Turkey, the country at the core of that entity, I was looking forward to seeing what its largest city and former capital, Istanbul, looked like.</p>
  • Congressional panel urges Turkey to return church properties to Christians.

    07/28/2011 11:10:59 AM PDT · by americanophile · 16 replies
    Panorama.am ^ | 7/26/2011 | Panorama.am
    The House Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a strongly-worded measure on July 20, pressing Turkey to return all Christian church properties "to their rightful owners." By an overwhelming 43-1 vote, the congressional panel adopted a sweeping amendment to the State Departments Foreign Relations Authorization Act, urging "the Secretary of State in all official contacts with Turkish leaders and other Turkish officials to emphasize that Turkey should": 1) end all religious discrimination; 2) allow the rightful church and lay owners of Christian church properties to perform religious and social services; 3) return to their rightful owners all Christian churches and other places...
  • The Last Two Priests at Hagia Sophia

    11/11/2008 7:22:25 AM PST · by Tefilo · 13 replies · 325+ views
    The year is AD 1453. The place is the Basilica of Holy Wisdom or Hagia Sophia, built by the Roman Emperor Justinian between AD 532 and 537. After the Muslims took possession of the basilica, they proceeded to do what they have always done when they take possession of principal Christian houses of worship: they removed the bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels and plastered over many of the mosaics. Hagia Sophia was made a mosque, and it remained as a mosque until 1935, when it was converted into a museum by the Republic of Turkey.There was a silver lining...
  • Hagia Sophia - Time to restore to a Christian Cathedral

    03/07/2006 10:36:28 AM PST · by eleni121 · 78 replies · 958+ views
    http://www.hagiasophiablog.com ^ | March 7, 2006 | Angeliki Papagika
    The European Union Parliament is pressuring the Turkish Government to restore Saint Sophia Cathedral from a museum into a Greek Orthodox Church. However the Parliament has set a requirement of 1.000.000 signatures on a petition before it makes this conversation a prerequisite for Turkey's admission into the European Union. You are requested to cast your vote by logging on to the link above. This is an opportunity for each of you to have an impact on world events. Get as many Greek Orthodox, other Orthodox and Christian friends of yours to sign the petition and make history.
  • Hagia Sophia Petition(Restore as condition for EU membership for Turkey Petition. History Lesson)

    08/07/2005 11:42:58 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 12 replies · 1,417+ views
    http://www.hagiasophiablog.com/mainpage.html ^ | August 2005 | Angeliki Papagika and partners
    If you believe in the just case that Hagia Sophia should be restored to its proper religious role as a church, for which it was built in the first place, then we ask you to support our petition to the EU Parliament that Turkey should not be admitted as a member of the European Community until it restores Hagia Sophia to its original purpose as a church and not a museum. We need a minimum of 1.000.000 signatures in order to force the European Union to consider this proposal seriously and debate it immediately as one of the conditions to...
  • Restore Haghia Sophia!

    04/15/2007 5:53:27 PM PDT · by eleni121 · 165 replies · 2,363+ views
    Haghia Sophia blog ^ | ongoing petition | Angeliki Papaghika
    The European Union Parliament is pressuring the Turkish Government to restore Saint Sophia Cathedral from a museum into a Greek Orthodox Church. However the Parliament has set a requirement of 1.000.000 signatures on a petition before it makes this conversation a prerequisite for Turkey's admission into the European Union. Please sign the petition and forward to friends.
  • Turkish Authorities Consider Reopening Hagia Sophia for Christian Worship

    10/05/2010 9:06:04 AM PDT · by 0beron · 24 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/05/2010 | Tancred
    The director of the state sponsored Islamic Research Center has made a new proposal toward reopening buildings for religious purposes. Ankara [kath.net/KAP] In the newly burning conflict surrounding Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, a leading adviser of the Turkish Religious Office has proposed that the historical Church should be open for Muslim prayers on workdays and for Christian Liturgies on Sundays. This could go a long way to solving the tug of war surrounding the Hagia Sophia which won't just be a comprise, said Mehmet Akif Aydin, director of the State sponsored Research Center (ISAM), to "Zaman" (Tuesday). one such solutino...
  • Quake-Proof Cement Mixed '1,300 Years Ago'

    11/14/2002 3:07:10 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 336+ views
    IOL ^ | 11-13-2002
    Quake-proof cement mixed '1 300 years ago' November 13 2002 at 04:36PM London - The Sixth Century builders of Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine cathedral still standing in Istanbul, discovered cement with earthquake-resistant properties 1 300 years before anyone else, a research team revealed on Wednesday. Hagia Sophia, built as a church and subsequently turned into a mosque, still stands only because its creators discovered the cement. Many of the surrounding buildings have long since succumbed to the ravages of time, including earthquakes, according to a report in the New Scientist. The structure has withstood quakes of up to 7,5 on...
  • Mystery under famous mosque [ Hagia Sophia basilica, in the former Constantinople ]

    09/04/2008 10:38:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 7,978+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | Thursday, September 4, 2008 | Vercihan Ziflioglu
    The second church was inaugurated in A.D. 405, after being built upon the remnants of the first church at the same site, which dates to A.D. 360... No scientific examinations have yet been carried out on the flooded ground four meters beneath the floor of the museum. According to Akkaya, the water found below is connected to the Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace. "Yes, the area underneath Hagia Sophia is filled with water. I assume the layers contain pieces of pottery and ceramics, as well as relics from the second church of Hagia Sophia," Akkaya acknowledged... Recently, a team of...
  • Liturgy at Hagia Sophia on Sept. 17, 2010

    08/30/2010 11:26:30 PM PDT · by americanophile · 21 replies
    Hellenic News of America ^ | 8/30/2010 | Kleo Mavridis
    Members of the “International Congregation of Agia Sophia” will make a pilgrimage to Agia Sofia in Istanbul in order to conduct divine liturgy on September 17, the day the Orthodox Church celebrates the holy feast day of Sophia, Faith, Hope and Love. During a press conference in Thessaloniki, the President of the International Congregation, Chris Spirou, said that the Prime Minister of Turkey, Tayyip Erdoğan, has already been informed in writing. “The purpose of our Congregation�s visit is to conduct Holy Liturgy Services in the the Great Church of Christianity, the Symbol of the Orthodox Christian Faith”, was written in...
  • Hagia Sophia angel uncovered in Turkey

    08/20/2009 7:15:45 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 20 replies · 1,159+ views
    haber27.com ^ | 08/20/08
    Hagia Sophia angel uncovered in Turkey Restoration workers have uncovered the mosaic face of an angel in the world-renowned Hagia Sophia Museum in the Turkish city of Istanbul 29 Temmuz 2009 Çarşamba 02:35 The mosaic, believed to be one of a group of six, was found in the pendentive, an arched triangular section supporting the dome of the monument. Some experts believe the six-winged figure dates back to the 14th century, but the Hagia Sofia Science Board is set to determine the relic's true age by comparing it to similar mosaics found in 1935. Built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian,...
  • Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe

    08/18/2009 6:27:29 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 42 replies · 1,786+ views
    acton.org ^ | AUGUST 17, 2009 | JOHN COURETAS
    Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe Posted by JOHN COURETAS on MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009 The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys, John Haldon, Robin Cormack. Oxford University Press (2008)Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press (2008) Ask the average college student to identify the 1,100 year old empire that was, at various points in its history, the political, commercial, artistic and ecclesiastical center of Europe and, indeed, was responsible for the very survival and flourishing of what we know today as Europe and youre not likely to get the...
  • From church to mosque: Istanbuls forgotten Byzantine heritage

    08/14/2009 8:51:21 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 8 replies · 783+ views
    todayszaman.com ^ | Aug 09, 2009 | PAT YALE
    Aug 14, 2009 From church to mosque: Istanbul’s forgotten Byzantine heritage Is it a church? Is it a mosque? Is it a museum? Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom) may be one of İstanbul's most famous buildings, but it's also one that suffers from an acute identity crisis, having started life as the great sixth century church of the Emperor Justinian, before becoming a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and then a museum in 1935 after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk declared the Turkish Republic. Something similar happened to Chora, near Edirnekapı, which also kicked...
  • Hagia Sophia called a symbol of reconciliation

    04/08/2009 5:52:31 AM PDT · by Tefilo · 31 replies · 1,873+ views
    Folks, this morning, as I watched NBCs The Today Show journalist Richard Engel, while gushing about President Obamas visit to Turkeys Blue Mosque and then to Hagia Sophia, called the latter a symbol of reconciliation after remarking that it was first a church, then a mosque, and now a museum.I dont know why Mr. Engel said such a thing. To call Hagia Sophia a symbol or reconciliation its grating to those of us who know the history behind this museum. It is as if the Basilica of St. Peter were confiscated by a Muslim army, added 4 minarets to...
  • Edifice Complex [Istanbul's Hagia Sophia - "the noblest structure on Earth"]

    05/29/2007 8:44:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 595+ views
    concierge.com ^ | January 2004 | Alan Richman
    It is an ancient thing, battered and scarred. It rises above Istanbul yet seems hunkered down, protecting itself from the abuses of nature and from an even crueler tormentor, the civilized world. Since its completion as a place of worship in A.D. 537, Hagia Sophia (AH-yah so-FEE-ah) has suffered as few other buildings on earth have—at least those that remain standing. I recently asked director Mustafa Akkaya, who looks after it, if he found it lovely, and he replied, "I say it is the most beautiful building in the world." Earthquakes, pillagers, and zealots do nothing to enhance conventional beauty,...
  • Defending Byzantium

    11/24/2008 3:55:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies · 904+ views
    Al-Ahram ^ | 20 - 26 November 2008, Issue No. 923 | David Tresilian
    Lasting some 11 centuries from the foundation of the city of Constantinople, today's Istanbul, on the site of the Greek city of Byzantium by the Roman emperor Constantine in 330 CE to its final defeat at the hands of the Ottomans in 1453, at its height the Byzantine Empire took in the whole of the eastern Mediterranean and stretched from Anatolia and the Balkans to Egypt and north Africa. It always styled itself the heir of the Roman Empire and of classical civilisation as a whole. Examples of Byzantine architecture can still be seen in Istanbul in the shape of...
  • Holy Wisdom: Why the Pope should call for the return of the Hagia Sophia.

    12/07/2006 10:26:19 AM PST · by ZeitgeistSurfer · 91 replies · 1,616+ views
    VDH's Private Papers ^ | 12/7/2006 | Bruce S. Thornton
    Many in the West are congratulating Pope Benedict XVIs recent trip to Turkey, where in the Blue Mosque he prayed facing Mecca and made other gestures meant to salve the wounds raised by his references to Islams history of violence. Personally, I found the whole scene a depressing exhibit of the Wests terminal failure of nerve, one particularly distressing given this Popes documented understanding that what we call the war on terror is in fact the latest episode in the centuries-long struggle with a militant Islam.
  • Pope makes Turkish mosque visit ( and nearby Hagia Sophia Museum ) ( former Christian Church ? )

    11/30/2006 8:40:18 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 3,951+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 November 2006 | BBC
    Pope Benedict XVI has visited one of Turkey's most famous mosques in what is being seen as an attempt to mend relations with the Muslim community. During his tour of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the pontiff paused in silent prayer alongside senior Muslim clerics. It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship. Earlier, the Pope visited the nearby Hagia Sophia Museum - a site heavy with Christian and Muslim symbolism - drawing around 150 protesters. The Pope spent half an hour in Hagia Sophia, a domed complex that was once a Christian...
  • Turkey: Thousands rally in Istanbul against papal visit(may visit Hagia Sophia)

    11/26/2006 6:43:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 748+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/26/06 | Nicolas Cheviron
    Thousands rally in Istanbul against papal visit by Nicolas Cheviron 1 hour, 50 minutes ago Chanting Islamist slogans and brandishing banners against Western intervention in the Middle East, thousands of people have rallied here to denounce the visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict XVI, which starts on Tuesday. The demonstration, organized by the Islamist Felicity Party (SP) and entitled "The pope is not welcome", attracted about 15,000 people, far below the 300,000 to one million that activists had predicted Sunday. Hundreds of security forces, including riot police, were on watch at the Caglayan square in central Istanbul. The mix of...
  • Pope to extend visit to Turkey to spend time with Catholics, visit Hagia Sophia

    08/24/2006 12:53:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 739+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | August 24, 2006
    Rome, Aug. 24, 2006 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI will extend his planned trip to Turkey, from three days to four, in order to celebrate Mass with Turkish Catholics and pay a visit to Hagia Sophia, the former seat of the Church of Constantinople, which was transformed into a mosque and is now a Turkish Museum, Italian news service APCom has reported today. Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia Turkey, told APCom that, "The Pope has decided to remain an extra day, the first of December, to meet the Catholics of Turkey. It was becoming clear that the...
  • Turkish media hostile to Papal visit, bishop says (call for no praying at Hagia Sophia)

    07/13/2006 12:03:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 1,419+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 13, 2006
    Konigstein, Jul. 12, 2006 (CNA) - According to Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of the Diocese of Anatolia, Turkey, the stabbing of a Catholic priest has exposed a media-led campaign to undermine the success of the Popes trip to the country. Turkeys beleaguered Christian population of barely 100,000 were shocked after the elderly French Father Pierre Brunissen was knifed - allegedly by a schizophrenic - in the northern port city of Samsun last week. It was the sixth attack on a Churchman in as many months. Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need earlier this week, Bishop Padovese said...
  • Restore Haghia Sophia

    07/14/2005 10:48:27 AM PDT · by eleni121 · 213 replies · 2,568+ views
    web ^ | July 14, 2005 | Angeliki Papagika
    Turkey aspires to join the European Union. The time has come to restore Hagia Sophias spirituality as a place of Christian worship. Turkey has to remember that old wisdom that says, Do not do to others what you dont wish them to do unto you. Justice must prevail so that religious integrity might be restored. Turkey has to face up to its history and address this vital issue.
  • Hagia Sophia Restoration

    10/11/2005 10:31:27 PM PDT · by MarMema · 33 replies · 578+ views
    Hagia Sophia blog ^ | unknown | Angeliki Papagika and partners
    If you believe in the just case that Hagia Sophia should be restored to its proper religious role as a church, for which it was built in the first place, then we ask you to support our petition to the EU Parliament that Turkey should not be admitted as a member of the European Community until it restores Hagia Sophia to its original purpose as a church and not a museum. We need a minimum of 1.000.000 signatures in order to force the European Union to consider this proposal seriously and debate it immediately as one of the conditions to...