RELIGION


‘Conqueror’ Erdogan celebrates Hagia Sophia conversion
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrated the conversion of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia into a mosque by reciting a poem that refers to himself as a modern reincarnation of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror who captured what was the world’s largest cathedral in 1453.


Mufti’s talk of women’s duties angers some Turkish Cypriots
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A Muslim religious leader’s instruction to women to dutifully accept a husband’s “invitation to bed” to procreate has sparked outrage among many Turkish Cypriots, who saw the remarks as an imported encroachment of fundamentalist Islam on their secular community.


Cyprus’ new archbishop enthroned, no Russian clerics attend
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The head of Cyprus’ Orthodox Church Archbishop Georgios formally assumed his new duties Sunday following an enthronement ceremony evoking the splendor of centuries of Byzantine tradition before an audience of clergy from around the world with the notable exception of the Russian church.



Epiphany celebrated in Greece
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An orthodox faithful catches a wooden crucifix during Epiphany day celebrations in Piraeus near Athens, Friday.

Pope Benedict commemorated by Archbishop Elpidophoros
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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America paid tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Monday, extolling his efforts for dialogue with the Orthodox Church. “As we pray for the repose of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we remember his 2006 visit to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, a milestone on our ecumenical journey to unity. A distinguished theologian, he […]


Ambassador Tsunis condemns vandalism of Jewish monument
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US Ambassador to Greece George Tsunis has condemned the desecration, with Nazi symbols, of the monument dedicated to the old Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki on the premises of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 

Historic mosque slated for restoration
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A digital mock-up released on Thursday depicts a plan to restore the historic Bayezid Mosque in Didymoteicho, northern Greece, which was gutted by fire in 2017.