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The head of the Greek Orthodox Church, said Patriarch Bartholomew about his support

Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Jerome expressed to the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew the support of the Greek Orthodox Church, reported the Athens Archdiocese.

The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court on Friday annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. They will begin on July 24.

The number of people infected with coronavirus in Turkey has risen for a day on 1012

The number of identified cases of coronavirus in Turkey has increased over the day in 1012, died 19 persons, said the Minister of health of the Republic of Fahrettin koca.

"Today there are 1012 new cases COVID-19, only contracted - 212 993. 19 patients died, all deaths – 5363. Recovered today 1298 patients, for a total of 194 515", - koca wrote on Twitter.

The head of the Greek Church accused Erdogan of using religion

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uses religion as a tool to achieve geopolitical aims of the party and offends all civilized humanity, said the head of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus. His brief statement in connection with the decision of Erdogan to make the Hagia Sophia a mosque circulated to the Athens news Agency AMNA.

"Turning religion into an instrument to achieve political, geopolitical and geostrategic benefits characterizes the one who is doing it. Provocation and insult are not only about the Orthodoxy and Christianity in General, but of the whole civilized world, every thinking person, regardless of religion. Stubbornly asking for trouble," said Jerome.

Media: in the Hagia Sophia can change the lighting to hide the mosaic

Turkish authorities are considering the question of holding of Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia) in Istanbul, it is assumed, in particular, the use of special lighting technique in which the Christian mosaics and frescoes are not visible during the prayers, according to the newspaper Hurriyet.

Earlier it was reported that the state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court - July 10, annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.

Russia has recorded one violation of the truce in Syria during the day

Russia in days fixed one violation of the cessation of hostilities in Syria's Idlib province, Turkey - not one, as reported in the newsletter on the website of the defense Ministry.

"The Russian part of the mission of the joint Russian-Turkish Commission on consideration of issues related to the violations of the cessation of hostilities, recorded a single fact of opening fire in Idlib province. The Turkish part of the representation of the facts of opening fire, not recorded," - stated in the message.

Erdogan called change the status of Hagia Sophia step to great Turkey

Change the status of Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia) in Istanbul is a step towards the great Turkey, with the opinion of other countries does not matter, said Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Earlier it was reported that the state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court - July 10, annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.

Militants attacked the positions of Syrian troops in Idlib

Two groups of militants numbering up to 250 people attacked the positions of Syrian troops in Idlib, said the head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky.

He said that the attack occurred at about 9:30, the militants were from the settlement Zimonjic.

The number of people infected with coronavirus in Turkey has risen for a day on 1016

The number of identified cases of coronavirus in Turkey has increased over the day in 1016, died 21 people, announced the Minister of health of the Republic of Fahrettin koca.

"Today there are 1016 new cases COVID-19, only contracted - 211 981. Died in 21 cases, total deaths – 5344. Recovered today 1334 of the patient, for a total of 193 217", - koca wrote on Twitter.

In the world Council of churches criticized the change in the status of Hagia Sophia

The return of Hagia Sophia mosque status in Turkey may lead to a religious schism and to create a dangerous precedent for other religious groups, said in a letter to the acting Director General of the world Council of churches John Sauka Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In the letter, released Saturday by the press service of the world Council of churches, Sauka expresses "grief and confusion VSS and 350 churches from 110 countries, members of the Council" regarding the step taken by the Turkish authorities in respect of Hagia Sophia.

The opposition demanded Zelensky to condemn the change of the status of Aya Sofia

Ukrainian party "the Opposition platform For life" requires the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to oppose changes in the status of the Hagia Sophia in Turkey.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signed a decree on awarding the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the status of the mosque. Before that, the state Council of Turkey annulled the decision of 1934 about the Museum the status of a Cathedral.

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