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Catholic community expresses deep regret over Hagia Sofia conversion

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Communications Office 
The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, and Archbishop Makarios, Archbishop of Australia and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church have expressed ‘deep regret’ in a joint statement, saying Hagia Sophia’s revised status as a mosque with sow division in an already divided world. From the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations, the Chair of the Commission and Episcopal Vicar Fr Denis Stanley also joined in expressing disappointment at the change of status from museum to mosque.