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AFP
July 13, 2020

Pope ‘very distressed’

World

AFP
July 13, 2020

Vatican City: Pope Francis said on Sunday he was "very distressed" over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.

"My thoughts go to Istanbul. I’m thinking about Hagia Sophia. I am very distressed," the pope said in the Vatican’s first reaction to a decision that has drawn international criticism.