July 12, 2020 / 10:29 AM / 22 days ago

Pope "very pained" by decision to turn Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into mosque

VATICAN CITY, July 12 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday he was hurt by Turkey’s decision to make Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum a mosque, the latest religious leader to condemn the move.

“My thoughts go to Istanbul. I think of Santa Sophia and I am very pained,” he said during his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square. (Reporting by Philip Pullella; editing by David Evans)

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