and all Cyprus Chrysostomos II
June 18, 2016
We write to you as Greek Orthodox Christians to inform you of the effort we have undertaken on behalf of the preservation of the Great Church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. SInce June 6, Islamic prayers have been read on a daily basis in the Church of Hagia Sophia which we consider to be a sacrilege against the Great Church. We wish to make you aware of an online petition we have established to draw signatures opposing the change of status for Hagia Sophia.
We respectfully ask that this be made known to the faithful of Cyprus so that those wish may give support to the effort to preserve the Christian origins of Hagia Sophia which will be in danger if the Turkish government proceeds to go beyond its current actions and proceeds to make Hagia Sophia a Mosque. We are cognizant of the fact that the Great Church is named for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the damage that may be done to the iconography would be a loss for Christianity, Hellenism, and the world at large as Hagia Sophia as the product of the Holy Gospel and Orthodox dogma stands as testimony to the beauty and splendor of the Christian faith.
International Hellenic Association (USA)