- Jun 14, 2021
The head of the World Council of Churches has written to Turkey’s president expressing his “grief and dismay” over Turkey’s decision to change the status of Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque.
On any list of intriguing Christian leaders, a slot somewhere near the top right now would have to be reserved for Theophilus III, officially “His Most Godly Beatitude, the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, Israel, Syria, Arabia, beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion.”
The Mediterranean Sea, which has been and again could be a route for a meeting of peoples and cultures, instead is a “border not to be crossed” between the poor South and the wealthy North, said Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
A significant rupture between Orthodox churches in Ukraine has brought the official theological dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox to a standstill, according to a Vatican official involved in the talks.
Once again, charges of religious force and intimidation are flying in Ukraine.
It was “an act of faith” that led to the new deal between the Holy See and China on the appointment of bishops, said Vatican Secretary of State.
His Beatitude Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Greek Catholic Church, sees a legitimate drive for affirmation behind the press for independence of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.