ROC regrets Turkey didn’t hear millions of Christians’ concerns over Sophia

Hagia Sophia’s interior in Istanbul. Photo:

Vladimir Legoyda noted that all calls for extreme sensitivity in the case of changing the status of Hagia Sophia Church were ignored.

On July 10, 2020, head of the Department for the Church's Relations with Society and the Media Vladimir Legoyda expressed regret over the decision of the Turkish authorities to change Hagia Sophia’s status from a museum to a mosque, reports "Interfax-Religion”.

Vladimir Legoyda said: "It has to be stated that the concerns of millions of Christians were not heard.”

According to him, "of course, there is still an approval by (Turkish President – Ed.) Erdogan, but today's court decision shows that all calls for extreme sensitivity in this matter have been ignored”.

As reported earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque.


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