Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople
Hagia Sophia declared a mosque hours after court ruling
CNA Staff, Jul 10, 2020 / 10:15 am MT (CNA).- Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signed a decree converting Hagia Sophia, the former cathedral of Holy Wisdom in Istanbul, into a mosque. The presidential decree was signed within hours of a court ruling Friday, which declared unlawful an 80-year …
Some see unity vision reignited by pope, patriarch’s gestures in Turkey
By Tom Tracy Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — After watching firsthand as Pope Francis bowed his head for a blessing from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during the pope’s Nov. 28-30 trip to Turkey, an American-born Orthodox priest felt a joyful disbelief. “I couldn’t sleep that night,” said …
Patriarch says he will discuss Middle East Christians with pope
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — When Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople meets Pope Francis in Jerusalem May 25, one of their main discussion topics will be the “diminishing Christian minorities in the Middle East,” the patriarch told Catholic News Service.