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The apse of the 700-year-old Chora Church in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey turns second historic Istanbul church into mosque

Aug 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A month after the former cathedral Hagia Sophia was converted from a museum into a mosque, another Istanbul church-museum, renowned... Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis expresses sadness after Hagia Sophia is declared a mosque

Jul 12, 2020

Pope Francis expressed his sadness Sunday after Turkey’s decision to convert the former Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia back into... Read more

Caption: A view of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey on Nov. 27, 2014.

Turkish court ruling paves way for Hagia Sophia to be turned into mosque

Jul 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Turkish court paved the way Friday for the former Christian basilica Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to be turned back... Read more

Pope Francis embraces Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, in Cairo, April 28, 2017.

Popes in the Middle East: Highlights of papal outreach in the region

Feb 2, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis is set to celebrate the first papal Mass on the Arabian peninsula next week during his Feb. 3-5... Read more

Mosque attack 'wreaks havoc' on religiously tolerant South Africa, bishops say

May 13, 2018

In the wake of a mosque attack that left one dead and two other critically injured, the Catholic bishops of... Read more