– Tbilisi, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia
June 19, 2016
Your Holiness and Beatitude,
We are writing to you as Orthodox Christians to bring to the attention of the Georgian Orthodox Church our efforts that are
under way on behalf of the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople. Since June 6, Muslim prayers have been recited in the former
Church of Hagia Sophia which has led us to establish an online petition to inform Orthodox Christians throughout the world
about what is presently occurring. The Hagia Sophia is the expression of the Holy Gospel and the sacred dogmas and
theology of our Holy Orthodox Church.
We are terribly aggrieved by the actions of the authorities in Turkey that have permitted Muslim prayers to be said in
Hagia Sophia whose name the Church of the Holy Wisdom of God refers to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We seek
to inform the most holy Church of Georgia and its faithful, our brothers and sisters in the faith of this development.
We would be most grateful if the Church of Georgia could inform its faithful about this petition and we would be
truly and profoundly grateful for all the signatures emanating from the faithful of Georgia.P
International Hellenic Association (USA)