July 24. A day of mourning for Hagia Sophia (Church of the Holy Wisdom) and for all Christians.
All around Greece, church bells are ringing in mourning, while flags are at half-mast.
Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece stated a few days ago that "the insult and hubris do not attain only Orthodox Christianity, or even Christianity as a whole, but the whole civilised humanity, any thinking human being, irrespective of religion."
The leader of Greece’s Orthodox Church added Erdogan was exploiting religion to attain political and geopolitical roles, but that his attempt would be futile. “It is hard to kick against the goads,” he said, quoting from the Acts of the Apostles.
His Eminence will hold a service at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown Plaka at 8pm on Friday, to coincide with the official inauguration of the former Greek Orthodox church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as a mosque.