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June 29, 2022
The damage to these ancient marbles indicates an indifference to the condition of this magnificent structure that is disturbing. Hagia Sophia was...
May 21, 2022
Hagia Sophia was built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral in the year 537, and for nearly a millennium was the world’s foremost monument of...
April 8, 2022
The Turkish government’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia to a mosque in 2020 was a deeply ill-advised act of memoricide that ignores Turkey’s rich...
March 21, 2022
This decision from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers is correct. Coupled with the policy of pillage, destruction and desecration of the...
March 17, 2022
This incident at Surp Takavor Church in Istanbul and the acquittal of the perpetrators demonstrates the same contempt for the Christian history and...
February 27, 2022
“Turkish courts deemed that Pastor Salimi and his family did not face “real risk” of persecution if they returned to Iran,” yet the...
February 11, 2022
According to the Facebook page of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, “His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent a letter of protest to...
February 5, 2022
The desecration of Mor Aday Church in Idil district of Sirnak province demonstrates the same contempt for the Christian history and heritage of Asia...
January 16, 2022
“The strikes often target civilian populations and disproportionately affect Christian villages throughout the region.” Even before this...
December 14, 2021
The Theological School of Halki was forcibly closed down by Turkish authorities in 1971. Since its closure, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has had to...
November 22, 2021
After years of strife, by 2014 it was reported that 90% of the Orthodox Christians of Iraq had been displaced. Most of them are still refugees and...
November 17, 2021
MP Garo Paylan’s motion was important, and has immense implications. The Turkish government has repeatedly demonstrated contempt for the minority...
November 8, 2021
This discussion is urgently needed. The conversion of Hagia Sophia to a mosque, followed closely by the conversion of the historic monastery of Chora...
October 20, 2021
The Prinkipo Greek Orthodox Orphanage has been returned to the Ecumenical Patriarchate by the Turkish government after a ruling from the European...
October 12, 2021
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has taken official notice of this Turkish military activity that threatens...
September 16, 2021
Since 1974, the occupation regime has been pursuing a policy of pillage, destruction and desecration of the cultural heritage of Cyprus; this has led...
September 2, 2021
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has taken official notice of this Turkish military activity that threatens...
September 1, 2021
The desecration of the graves in this Christian cemetery in Van demonstrates the same contempt for the Christian history and heritage of Asia Minor...
July 19, 2021
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has taken official notice of this Turkish military activity that threatens...
July 5, 2021
MP Garo Paylan’s questions below are important, and have wider implications than simply this one incident. The damage that has been done to...