His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel conveyed to His Holiness Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch, that the Romanian Patriarchate supports the preservation of the status of museum for St. Sophia Basilica in Constantinople (Istanbul).
The status of this building-symbol for Christianity is being re-discussed in Turkey. The Ecumenical Patriarchate has asked the Turkish authorities to keep the current museum status for this monument.
We further reproduce the full communiqué of the Sector for Church, Interreligious Relations and External Church Communities regarding the message of Father Patriarch:
Communiqué on the status of St. Sophia Basilica in Constantinople: full text
On July 8, 2020, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel addressed a letter to His Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople – New Rome, Ecumenical Patriarch, in which he expressed the support of the Romanian Patriarchate for maintaining the current status of St. Sophia Basilica in Constantinople (Istanbul). . The approach of the Romanian Patriarchate takes into account the invaluable value of this basilica, unanimously recognized as a symbol of Christian faith and civilization and of universal art, which determined its inscription by UNESCO in the universal cultural heritage, in 1985 .
In this context, the Patriarch of Romania expresses his solidarity with all those who defend this symbol of the universal Orthodox Church .
Through the approach of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy and the entire Romanian people as believers in Romania express a concrete support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in defense of the current status of St. Sophia Basilica .
The sector of church relations, interreligious and external church communities