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Catholic and Greek Orthodox leaders fear for rising religious tensions over Hagia Sophia mosque

WITH Friday Islamic prayers to be recited in Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years, Christian leaders around the world have expressed deep regret at Turkey’s decision to change the status of the famous place of worship. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge and the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Archbishop Makarios expressed ... Read More »

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn violence done in name of Islam

Pope Francis prays with grand mufti

POPE Francis called on political and religious leaders across the Muslim world to condemn violence done in the name of Islam. The Pope said he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 28 that “it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders – whether they be political leaders, religious leaders, academic leaders – would say clearly that they condemn ... Read More »

Prominent Muslims hope Pope’s Turkey trip can show Islam’s peaceful side

Blue Mosque

TWO prominent Muslim religious figures in Turkey welcomed the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to their country, saying they hoped it could shed light on the “peace” of Islam and help change bad images associated with that religion. At Istanbul’s famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque – often referred to as the Blue Mosque because of the turquoise tiles that adorn the ... Read More »

Islam, ecumenism and regional conflict on Pope’s agenda in Turkey

Pope to Turkey

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service ALMOST every papal trip abroad is a complex mix of the religious and political, and that will be especially true of Pope Francis’ November 28-30 visit to Turkey. Given the country’s crucial geographic position straddling Europe and Asia, its historic importance for both Christianity and Islam and the wars now raging in neighbouring ... Read More »

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