A crescent moon is seen in the sky over Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on July 25. The Council of State on July 10 canceled a 1934 decision by modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to turn it into a museum. (Photo: AFP)
The president of the National Council of Churches in Pakistan also condemned the move in a press statement. “Several countries and all international church bodies, including the World Council of Churches, the Vatican, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Church in Russia, have urged President Erdogan to reverse his decision in the larger interest of interfaith harmony. We would like to propose that the Hagia Sophia be opened for worship for both Muslims and Christians and should remain accessible to all visitors for the rest of the week,” said Bishop Marshall. “We believe that this is a workable solution and would help in promoting mutual understanding, respect, dialogue and cooperation. Pakistani church leadership hopes that the government of Pakistan would convey their concerns to the Turkish leadership and play its due role in promoting interfaith harmony.”
Hagia Sophia carries this magnificent icon of Jesus Christ as a Christian Cathedral. Turkish Judiciary has not set the greastest example of religious tolerence to promote inter-faith dialogue & harmony. Turkey has reversed the +sign of Turkey's openess to a sign of exclusiveness. pic.twitter.com/VR1oWgva8A— Bishop Azad Marshall (@BishopAzadM) July 13, 2020
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