Pope Francis “very upset” by the move of the Hagia Sophia mosque | News from the world


Pope Francis said he was “very upset” by Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine Hagia Sophia monument into a mosque.“My thoughts are with Istanbul. I think of Hagia Sophia. I am very distressed, “said the pontiff during the Vatican’s first reaction to a decision which has drawn international criticism.

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reacted to the decision on Friday from various countries on Saturday without commenting.

A magnet for tourists from around the world, Hagia Sophia was first built as a cathedral in the Byzantine Christian Empire, but was transformed into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453.


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