- RPT - Russian Orthodox Believers Grieve Over Turkey's Decision to Convert Hagia Sophia - Priest
RPT - Russian Orthodox Believers Grieve Over Turkey's Decision To Convert Hagia Sophia - Priest
Umer Jamshaid 29 days ago Sat 11th July 2020 | 11:10 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th July, 2020) Russian Orthodox believers grieve over Turkey's decision to turn Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the rector of St. Seraphim church in the US city of Sea Cliff, New York, protopriest Seraphim Gan, told Sputnik.
"Hagia Sophia is a very important and deep symbol for all Russian believers," said father Seraphim, who also serves as the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) Synod of Bishops Chancellor.
"Hagia Sophia was a place where they met the Christian faith, which later enlightened our forefathers," the priest added.
Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vladimir Legoyda told Sputnik the church regrets that Turkey made the decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque despite the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill's calls not to do so.