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By Jules Gomes, Church Militant, July 22, 2020

Francis trapped between Islam and orthodoxy

ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) – Greece’s president is urging Pope Francis to condemn the Islamic takeover of Hagia Sophia a day after Turkey’s radical Islamic president made a counteroffer inviting the pontiff to attend the Byzantine basilica’s reopening as a mosque on July 24.

Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın revealed Sunday that Pope Francis was among the guests invited to attend the reversion of Hagia Sophia to its status as a mosque conquered by Sultan Mehmet II in 1453.

Greece’s president Katerina Sakellaropoulou, however, phoned the pontiff Monday, calling for the move to be “explicitly and unequivocally condemned.” The progressive judge, known for her leftwing positions on ecology and same-sex unions, asked Francis to help her raise international support on revoking Turkey’s decision.  …

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