the world Council of churches, which includes 350 of religious unions from 110 countries have condemned change the status of Hagia Sophia — Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. With the filing of a Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan, one of the oldest Christian shrines in the twentieth century became a Museum, now converted into a mosque.
Hagia Sophia served as a mosque during the time of the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans until 1935, and the Council think that the return to her of such status is threatened by sectarian division.
the head of the world Council John Sauka sent on this occasion a letter to the President of Turkey, reports RIA “Novosti”. The message underlines that in its decision of Ankara “has reversed the positive signs, testifying to the openness of the Turkey, and turned them into signs of exclusion and division”.
Erdogan said that the change of status of Hagia Sophia is “a step to the great Turkey. According to the head of state, he does not intend to consider the opinion of other countries regarding the cancellation of the decree on the Museum status of the Istanbul attractions.
Country “made the decision about turning the Cathedral into a mosque, based on the desire and the will of the people”, said the leader of Turkey.
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