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.
Jerome July 5, stated that the Turks would not dare to turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
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.
The Hagia Sophia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian, and was opened on 27 December 537. Cathedral over a thousand years was the largest Church in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.
The decision to turn the Hagia Sofia mosque caused a sharp reaction in many countries of the world.