I think of Hagia Sophia, and I am very saddened, Pope Francis
Source: Vatican News
Pope Francis, following the recitation of the Marian Prayer and recalling Sea Sunday, also made reference to the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, recently transformed into a mosque.
On the second Sunday in July the International Day of the Sea is observed. Recalling the celebration at the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis extended “an affectionate greeting to all those who work at sea, especially those who are far from their loved ones and their country.”
He also had a particular greeting for those who gathered on Sunday morning in the Italian port of Civitavecchia-Tarquinia for the celebration of the Eucharist.
Dwelling on the sea, the Pope said it made him think about what is happening in Istanbul.
This week President Tayyip Erdogan announced his decision to turn the Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque.
“I think of Hagia Sophia”, said Pope Francis, “and I am very saddened.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree on Friday ordering the historic Hagia Sophia to be opened for Muslim prayers as of 24 July.