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WCC Statement on Hagia Sophia

Today, despite the appeals of Christian leaders around the world and many members of the international community, including a number of prominent Muslim leaders, the decision to reconvert the Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque was implemented, with Muslim Friday prayers being heard in the ancient building for the first time since the 1930s.

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WCC, WCRC, LWF, CWM letter to G20 finance ministers (July 2020)

The World Council of Churches (WCC), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Council for World Mission (CWM), have followed with profound concern how the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis have continued to destroy lives and livelihood around the world. To date this has resulted in more than half a million deaths, massive unemployment, increase of debts, poverty, and inequality in many parts of the world.

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Το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών για την Αγία Σοφία

Σήμερα, Σάββατο 11 Ιουλίου 2020, μετά από έντονο προβληματισμό και συντονισμένες προσπάθειες μακριά από το φως της δημοσιότητας, το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών αποφάσισε να απευθυνθεί στον Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν, Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας της Τουρκίας, με επιστολή του Γενικού Γραμματέα του.

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WCC letter to President Erdogan to keep Hagia Sophia as the shared heritage of humanity

Geneva, 11 July, 2020: In a letter to H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, WCC interim general secretary Rev. Prof Dr Ioan Sauca is expressing his fervent hope and prayer that Hagia Sophia will not become once again a focus of confrontation and conflict, but will be restored to the emblematic unifying role that it has served since 1934. Read the full letter:

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