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Jul 30, 2020 - 04:11 pm .- The government of Syria plans to build a replica of Hagia Sophia, with support from Russia, as a protest against Turkey’s decision to turn the famous former Byzantine cathedral back into a mosque.
Jul 24, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- An Islamic political party in Indonesia said Tuesday that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could spark a civilizational clash because of his calls for an Islamic “reawakening” amid the establishment of the Hagia Sophia as a mosque.
Jul 24, 2020 - 07:30 am .- As Hagia Sophia opened for Muslim prayers Friday for the first time in 86 years, a leading Asian cardinal said that the decision to turn the building back into a mosque will reopen wounds and intensify divisions.
Jul 21, 2020 - 08:10 am .- The president of Greece called Pope Francis Monday urging the pope to advocate for the preservation of the status quo regarding Hagia Sophia, which is due to be reverted to a mosque this week.
Jul 17, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- As Christians and world leaders lament Turkey’s reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, some experts warn that the act could spell a religious resurgence as much as a nationalist action.
Jul 12, 2020 - 04:50 am .- Pope Francis expressed his sadness Sunday after Turkey’s decision to convert the former Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.
Jul 10, 2020 - 10:15 am .- Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signed a decree converting Hagia Sophia, the former cathedral of Holy Wisdom in Istanbul, into a mosque.
Jul 10, 2020 - 08:20 am .- A Turkish court paved the way Friday for the former Christian basilica Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to be turned back into a mosque.
Jun 25, 2020 - 05:41 pm .- According to a scholar of comparative religion, Christians in Turkey are being persecuted by the Turkish government, in part to distract attention from its recent setbacks in foreign policy.
Jun 22, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement on Friday, calling on the Turkish military to halt airstrikes in northern Iraq.
Feb 17, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Turkish authorities have arrested a Syriac Orthodox priest on terrorism charges after the cleric allegedly provided bread and water to members of an illegal Kurdish seperatist group. 
Nov 25, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- Congressional resolutions recognizing the Armenian genocide were reportedly blocked by Republican senators at the direction of the White House.
Oct 17, 2019 - 11:36 am .- Bishops in Syria and Iraq have called for worldwide prayer as fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces further destabilizes northern Syria.
Oct 13, 2019 - 06:10 am .- As Turkish-led forces began the fifth day of their move against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for dialogue, especially as families in the region are forced to flee from warfare.
Feb 5, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- On Monday, Pope Francis and the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, met at the Vatican, discussing the situation in the Middle East, in particular the status of Jerusalem, and the need for peace and stability in the region.
Jan 1, 2017 - 07:03 am .- On the first day of the new year and the 50th World Day of Peace, Pope Francis condemned a terrorist attack which took place in Istanbul early Sunday morning, praying for the victims, the injured and in support of everyone who works to fight violence and terrorism.
Sep 20, 2016 - 06:02 am .- The Vatican holds a special seminar series each year for new bishops to help them learn their new role.
Aug 21, 2016 - 05:16 am .- After an explosion in southern Turkey lit up a wedding ceremony, killing 50 people and wounding nearly 100 more, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims, and asked for peace to be given to all.
Jun 29, 2016 - 04:30 am .- During his Wednesday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking that God would convert the hearts of those who choose violence.
Apr 11, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Despite Turkey's claim of religious freedom, Christians there have faced ongoing hostility, including  government oppression and murder – but a new legal status ignites hope that things will improve.

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