- Sep 25, 2020
A state attorney on Thursday recommended that Turkey’s highest administrative court reject a request that Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia, which now serves as museum, be turned back into a mosque, state-run media reported.
In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum under modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year.
In his noontime Angelus address on New Year’s Day, Pope Francis extolled peace and reconciliation but also acknowledged the realities of an oft-violent world, expressing his closeness in prayer to the dead and injured and their families in a New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul.
In response to the terrorist attack on the Istanbul airport, Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the “heinous” assault, expressed solidarity with the “dear Turkish people,” and asked God to “convert the hearts of the violent.”
ROME — Addressing a first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey on Monday, Pope Francis laid out an aggressive vision for global action, insisting that the “gods” of money and power must not deafen the world to “the cry of the victims and those suffering.” In a message to the U.N.-sponsored event,
ROME – Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the Vatican announced Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the pontiff will be able to travel near the border with Iraq to express his concern with the violence in the region, as he’s expressed an interest in doing. The Rev.