A Greek Orthodox Foundation in southern Hatay won a legal battle against the re-zoning of a cemetery as "green space." The municipality failed to notify the community of a change in status in the parcel's plans, but the re-zoning plan was suspended.
Serdar Korucu writes: One of the topics that comes to mind when recalling the Ottoman legacy in Lebanon is the Armenian Genocide. Among the most important symbolic structures carrying the traces of 1915 in Lebanon is the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in Antelias.
The interim secretary-general of the World Council of Churches, Ioan Sauca, has penned a letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to express his “grief and dismay” over Turkey's decision to change the status of Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. "I am obliged to convey to you the grief and dismay of the World Council of Churches – and of its 350 member churches in more than 110 countries, representing more than half a billion Christians around the world – at the step you have just taken," Sauca said.
Istanbul prosecutors are seeking up to five years in prison for an assailant who ripped down a cross from the entrance of an Armenian church in the Üsküdar district in late May.
A shocking video has emerged of a cross being ripped down from the entrance of an Armenian church in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk neighborhood. The incident comes just a few weeks after another attack on an Armenian church in Istanbul’s Bakırköy district.