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Church that housed the Council of Nicea is now a mosque

Catholic World News - November 11, 2011

The historic church where the Council of Nicea was held, which has been a museum for nearly a century, has been converted to a mosque.

The Aghia Sophia in Nicea (not to be confused with the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople) was taken over by Muslims in the 14th century. But in 1920 the new secular government of Turkey made the building a museum. Now the government’s Directorate for Religious Affairs has returned the building to use as a mosque, overriding objections from Christians who pointed to its important religious and historic heritage.

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  • Posted by: Salome - Nov. 12, 2011 1:27 AM ET USA

    O Lord, the heathen are come into thine inheritance.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Nov. 11, 2011 4:56 PM ET USA

    Christ will scatter His enemies sooner or later. Even if we don't get back this important Church until He returns in glory the important work that was done within it's now desecrated and defiled precincts still lives on in the definitions and dogmas settled there centuries ago.

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