England:Presidents of churches say changing status of Hagia Sophia is lamentable

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England:Presidents of churches say changing status of Hagia Sophia is lamentable

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The Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE), representing the full breadth of Christian traditions across the country, are saddened at the decision of the Turkish government to change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the group asserted on July 14, 2020.

For a long period of time, Hagia Sophia has been a unique center symbolizing the co-existence of people of faith.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, as a place where the rich history of Istanbul is told visually, can be a living example of religious tolerance and respect.

The decision to alter the status quo in this way is a powerful, symbolic change that is lamentable and painful for many people of faith the world over.

Presidents

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury

Revd Dr Hugh Osgood
Free Churches Moderator

Archbishop Angaelos of London
Archbishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London
CTE President for the Orthodox Churches

Head of Redeemed Christian Church of God UK
CTE Pentecostal President

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 10:37
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