CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

MADRID | SPAIN – Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzales Laya said on Monday it was important that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia remains part of humanity’s shared global heritage, after it was reconverted into a mosque from a museum last week. ‘For us it is important that the spirit of this great monument of Hagia Sophia is … Continue reading CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

CULTURE | Gli The Cat Can Stay Even As Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Changes

ISTANBUL – With thousands of Instagram followers and even a former U.S. President as fan, Gli the cat is almost as famous as her home, Istanbul’s ancient Hagia Sophia. But with the decision to turn the museum into a mosque, Turks have been wondering whether Gli will  to move out – with the question cropping … Continue reading CULTURE | Gli The Cat Can Stay Even As Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Changes

WORLD NEWS | Pope ‘Very Pained’ By Decision To Turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum Into Mosque

VATICAN – Pope Francis said on Sunday he was hurt by Turkey’s decision to make Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum a mosque, the latest religious leader to condemn the move. ‘My thoughts go to Istanbul. I think of Santa Sophia and I am very pained’, he said during his weekly blessing in St.Peter’s Square. Turkish President … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Pope ‘Very Pained’ By Decision To Turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Museum Into Mosque

NEWS | U.S. State Department ‘Disappointed’ In Turkish Government Decision On Hagia Sophia

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department on Friday said it ‘was disappointed’ by the government of Turkey’s decision to change the status of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared the ancient monument a mosque again. ‘We understand the Turkish Government remains committed to maintaining access to the Hagia Sophia for all visitors, … Continue reading NEWS | U.S. State Department ‘Disappointed’ In Turkish Government Decision On Hagia Sophia

NEWS | Turkey’s Erdogan Signs Decree Converting Hagia Sophia Into Mosque

ISTANBUL – President Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree on Friday opening Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia as a mosque after a Turkish court annulled a 1934 government decree that had turned it into a museum, a copy of the decision showed. Erdogan shared on his Twitter feed a copy of the decree he had signed which said … Continue reading NEWS | Turkey’s Erdogan Signs Decree Converting Hagia Sophia Into Mosque

NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday said it regretted that a Turkish court did not take its concern into account when ruling that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia being a museum was unlawful, the TASS news agency reported. It said the decision could lead to even greater division. A Turkish court said on … Continue reading NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS