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Benedict XVI - Counting our losses!

Benedict XVI - Counting our losses!


By

abiodun KOMOLAFE









On January 26, 1998, I authored an article, entitled _‘Lessons from the Dead’,_ in one of Nigeria’s foremost newspapers. In the piece, I attempted to eulogize the late Mother Theresa of Calcutta for her avowed commitment to the advancement of global development as well as her giving an everlasting face of honour to humanity. As a member of staff of the _Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria_ (CSN) later that year, I came to a striking realization that _‘Catholics are made, not born!’_ 


As a writer and public affairs commentator and, much later, as a leading member of the production crew of _‘CSN News’,_ the official newsmagazine of the administrative headquarters of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, yours sincerely was able to read widely in a bid to know more about the Church and its leaders. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was one of them. In 2002, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of visiting the Cathedral Church of Our Dear Lady _(Frauenkirche),_ Munich, Germany, which served as Ratzinger’s seat as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, between 1977 and 1982.


Indeed, one of the attributes of the Catholic Church is its ability to train its people. Well, the Church believes that one should always be at the top of one’s game. That’s why the institutional prowess of the Catholic Church is unparalleled all over the world. It is also the reason an institution like that can raise a pope like Benedict XVI. The Church is supportive of its members and adherents of the faith. It is also pro-intellectual like no other Church; and it is wealthy enough to see its projects through anywhere on Planet Earth. That’s why we seldom have a wishy-washy man becoming pope.


The Catholic Church must actually be commended for the selection process of popes because enormous responsibility is placed on it to ensure that the right candidate is chosen. Ideally, the Church can afford no error! _Ceteris paribus,_ it has fared better! So, raising a brilliant, charismatic and resourceful priest like Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is also a sign of the shrewdness of the process of the selection of popes.


To be sure, one of the shining attributes of leadership is an individual’s ability to thrive in untested waters – navigating roads that were hitherto never travelled and how specific leaders fared at the end of the day. Indeed, Pope Benedict has demonstrated to the world what the ideal profile should look like. He was a pragmatist; and, like former President J.F. Kennedy, the Bishop of Rome and Sovereign of the Vatican State understood the huge responsibilities of power and its functions. Therefore, he would not stick to power for the sake of power. Instead, he carried power gingerly throughout his tenure. And, when it was time to let go, he didn’t need anybody to persuade him. He knew his health was failing and he decided to let go. Whereas other people would have been beating a wall with the hope of transforming it into a door, the pontiff opted for the path of honour. Even with the clergy in Africa, they wouldn’t have let go of that sweetness of power!


When Benedict resigned as pope on February 11, 2013, the world was taken aback while some people felt it was rare and unheard-of. Indeed, in the preserved historic account of the Church, only one pope had attempted such; and did resign, hundreds of years ago. Pope Benedict lived above his peers! He glossed through life with abundant grace and vitality because he has an understanding of the intricate details of life and the inevitability of death. Like King Hezekiah, whose resolutions were based on the convictions of his faith, the Holy Father was a man of uncommon courage and a sure symptom of manly tenderness who, until death, was developing. Unlike others, who’d never want to listen to the topic of death, Benedict XVI was able to speak truth to power and face any situation because he knew that he would be here only for a while; that he would one day take the exit route of life. And, by so doing – not living for the moment – he would surely live forever in the hearts of a lot of people.


Abraham Lincoln! Nelson Mandela! The tragic truth is that the world is fast losing its best with striking vengeance and opportunities for their replacement are waning with each passing day. Unfortunately, Africa is the worst hit! Therefore, welcome the African continent, where leadership positions are held in a _‘till-death-do-us-part’_ fashion. In the African setting, it is considered normal for leaders to stay put in positions of power. The point is: in our clime, leaders don’t quit; they don’t resign; and they don’t retire! Of course, they are not even supposed to leave, courtesy of the alignment and accommodation found in the cultural contents of most African societies. Unlike Giovanni Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli who, despite repeated threats to his life, preferred martyrdom to betraying his community, the story of leadership in Africa has been one of unutterable desolation, indescribable poverty and wanton destruction of innocent lives.


Let’s face it: leadership in the African setting doesn’t have the same root in cultural foundation with the rest of the world. In a continent where people with neither decency nor honour dictate the pace of affairs; where conspicuous underachievement and struggle for power crudely compete for space; of course, where poverty increases with the same proportion as the national budget, why won’t times and things get messed up? That’s why you have a leader like Paul Biya and Yoweri Museveni who will not want to go after spending 40 and 37 years in office respectively.


Nigeria’s case is even peculiarly worse! Here, the society and the social structures are ambivalent; and successive leaders understand this! That’s why they can afford to mess up in public office while the society debates the pros and cons of the alleged misdemeanour. To get out of this doctrinal mess, the Cultural Revolution and new orientation will have to start from scratch; that is, from the youths. The youths need to learn that, when they are in a position, they should do for their country something great because everyone has an expiry date!


Generally in Nigeria, the leadership and/or ownership structure and the preponderance of diverse denominations have actually divided the Church more than unite it. The personalization of the ownership of the churches for pecuniary conveniences has made cohesion and control of the Church a difficult venture. Take for instance, a General Overseer (G.O.) somewhere may say something to his or her members and the leader of another denomination may be opposed to it! It is this lack of cohesion amongst the denominations that has made it easier for the political _‘King Kongs’_ and socioeconomic swallowers to factionalize the Church. If God is God and the same One, it is common logic that the doctrines coming from the denominations should not be different.


Undeniably, the Catholic Church and, indeed, the world, has lost a star; not only because the Successor to the Throne of Peter shined as a noble priest, but being someone who through his life and death has contributed significantly to the leadership and institutional attributes of the Church globally. May the generations of Pope Benedict XVI abound, even in the future!


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, rest the soul of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI and comfort the Church he left behind!


 _•Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, Nigeria ([email protected]; 08098614418 - SMS only)_



By

abiodun KOMOLAFE









On January 26, 1998, I authored an article, entitled _‘Lessons from the Dead’,_ in one of Nigeria’s foremost newspapers. In the piece, I attempted to eulogize the late Mother Theresa of Calcutta for her avowed commitment to the advancement of global development as well as her giving an everlasting face of honour to humanity. As a member of staff of the _Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria_ (CSN) later that year, I came to a striking realization that _‘Catholics are made, not born!’_ 


As a writer and public affairs commentator and, much later, as a leading member of the production crew of _‘CSN News’,_ the official newsmagazine of the administrative headquarters of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, yours sincerely was able to read widely in a bid to know more about the Church and its leaders. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was one of them. In 2002, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of visiting the Cathedral Church of Our Dear Lady _(Frauenkirche),_ Munich, Germany, which served as Ratzinger’s seat as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, between 1977 and 1982.


Indeed, one of the attributes of the Catholic Church is its ability to train its people. Well, the Church believes that one should always be at the top of one’s game. That’s why the institutional prowess of the Catholic Church is unparalleled all over the world. It is also the reason an institution like that can raise a pope like Benedict XVI. The Church is supportive of its members and adherents of the faith. It is also pro-intellectual like no other Church; and it is wealthy enough to see its projects through anywhere on Planet Earth. That’s why we seldom have a wishy-washy man becoming pope.


The Catholic Church must actually be commended for the selection process of popes because enormous responsibility is placed on it to ensure that the right candidate is chosen. Ideally, the Church can afford no error! _Ceteris paribus,_ it has fared better! So, raising a brilliant, charismatic and resourceful priest like Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is also a sign of the shrewdness of the process of the selection of popes.


To be sure, one of the shining attributes of leadership is an individual’s ability to thrive in untested waters – navigating roads that were hitherto never travelled and how specific leaders fared at the end of the day. Indeed, Pope Benedict has demonstrated to the world what the ideal profile should look like. He was a pragmatist; and, like former President J.F. Kennedy, the Bishop of Rome and Sovereign of the Vatican State understood the huge responsibilities of power and its functions. Therefore, he would not stick to power for the sake of power. Instead, he carried power gingerly throughout his tenure. And, when it was time to let go, he didn’t need anybody to persuade him. He knew his health was failing and he decided to let go. Whereas other people would have been beating a wall with the hope of transforming it into a door, the pontiff opted for the path of honour. Even with the clergy in Africa, they wouldn’t have let go of that sweetness of power!


When Benedict resigned as pope on February 11, 2013, the world was taken aback while some people felt it was rare and unheard-of. Indeed, in the preserved historic account of the Church, only one pope had attempted such; and did resign, hundreds of years ago. Pope Benedict lived above his peers! He glossed through life with abundant grace and vitality because he has an understanding of the intricate details of life and the inevitability of death. Like King Hezekiah, whose resolutions were based on the convictions of his faith, the Holy Father was a man of uncommon courage and a sure symptom of manly tenderness who, until death, was developing. Unlike others, who’d never want to listen to the topic of death, Benedict XVI was able to speak truth to power and face any situation because he knew that he would be here only for a while; that he would one day take the exit route of life. And, by so doing – not living for the moment – he would surely live forever in the hearts of a lot of people.


Abraham Lincoln! Nelson Mandela! The tragic truth is that the world is fast losing its best with striking vengeance and opportunities for their replacement are waning with each passing day. Unfortunately, Africa is the worst hit! Therefore, welcome the African continent, where leadership positions are held in a _‘till-death-do-us-part’_ fashion. In the African setting, it is considered normal for leaders to stay put in positions of power. The point is: in our clime, leaders don’t quit; they don’t resign; and they don’t retire! Of course, they are not even supposed to leave, courtesy of the alignment and accommodation found in the cultural contents of most African societies. Unlike Giovanni Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli who, despite repeated threats to his life, preferred martyrdom to betraying his community, the story of leadership in Africa has been one of unutterable desolation, indescribable poverty and wanton destruction of innocent lives.


Let’s face it: leadership in the African setting doesn’t have the same root in cultural foundation with the rest of the world. In a continent where people with neither decency nor honour dictate the pace of affairs; where conspicuous underachievement and struggle for power crudely compete for space; of course, where poverty increases with the same proportion as the national budget, why won’t times and things get messed up? That’s why you have a leader like Paul Biya and Yoweri Museveni who will not want to go after spending 40 and 37 years in office respectively.


Nigeria’s case is even peculiarly worse! Here, the society and the social structures are ambivalent; and successive leaders understand this! That’s why they can afford to mess up in public office while the society debates the pros and cons of the alleged misdemeanour. To get out of this doctrinal mess, the Cultural Revolution and new orientation will have to start from scratch; that is, from the youths. The youths need to learn that, when they are in a position, they should do for their country something great because everyone has an expiry date!


Generally in Nigeria, the leadership and/or ownership structure and the preponderance of diverse denominations have actually divided the Church more than unite it. The personalization of the ownership of the churches for pecuniary conveniences has made cohesion and control of the Church a difficult venture. Take for instance, a General Overseer (G.O.) somewhere may say something to his or her members and the leader of another denomination may be opposed to it! It is this lack of cohesion amongst the denominations that has made it easier for the political _‘King Kongs’_ and socioeconomic swallowers to factionalize the Church. If God is God and the same One, it is common logic that the doctrines coming from the denominations should not be different.


Undeniably, the Catholic Church and, indeed, the world, has lost a star; not only because the Successor to the Throne of Peter shined as a noble priest, but being someone who through his life and death has contributed significantly to the leadership and institutional attributes of the Church globally. May the generations of Pope Benedict XVI abound, even in the future!


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, rest the soul of our beloved Pope Benedict XVI and comfort the Church he left behind!


 _•Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, Nigeria ([email protected]; 08098614418 - SMS only)_


GOFAMINT VICTORY MONTH PRAYER POINTS FOR TODAY WEDNESDAY 19TH JANUARY, 2022: DIVINE VISITATION FOR OPEN HEAVEN OVER GOFAMINT FOR RAPID CHURCH GROWTH

GOFAMINT VICTORY MONTH PRAYER POINTS FOR TODAY WEDNESDAY 19TH JANUARY, 2022: DIVINE VISITATION FOR OPEN HEAVEN OVER GOFAMINT FOR RAPID CHURCH GROWTH

 DAY 18:     WEDNESDAY 19TH JANUARY, 2022


FOCUS: DIVINE VISITATION FOR OPEN HEAVEN OVER GOFAMINT FOR   RAPID CHURCH GROWTH


TEXT:-        MATTHEW 16:18,1 CORINTHIANS 3:6


INSPIRATIONAL WORDS FOR EFFECTIVE AND FERVENT  PRAYERS









“Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day’ or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” – Isaiah 66:7-8A.


The best thing that can happen to any church is for the Almighty God to visit and dwell in that church. Our local assemblies can never be the same again after a divine visitation. The change and transformation we need in our lives, family, church and nation will surely come when God visits us.


For GOFAMINT to experience rapid growth; we need divine visitation. Divine visitation is not a one-off thing. Divine visitation is not meant to be a one time experience but a continuous experience all through our lives.


Abraham is the best example of someone in the Bible who experienced continuous divine visitation. God didn’t just visit Abraham once, but several times in Abraham’s lifetime. From Genesis 12 to Genesis 22, there are at least 8 different instances when God visited Abraham. We pray that GOFAMINT will continuously experience divine visitation for open heaven and growth in Jesus Name.


By divine visitation, God revealed to Abraham the next step he needed to take in his life. This year we need such clear and specific directions from God. When God visited Abraham, he made Abraham understood that at that point in his life, he had no business being in Haran. Divine visitation reveals where you ought to be, what you ought to be doing at specific times in your life. We pray once again, that God will visit GOFAMINT  and reveal to us the next step we need to take, the next major thing we need to do to experience an open heaven and growth in Jesus Christ name.


We must take this prayer serious, because it is the heart cry of our father in the Lord, the G.O, who witnessed the initial exponential growth of this church at inception,  but now seeing us flattening out like a plateau in our growth curve, The Lord must help us re-engineer that feat by our next generation through apostolic discipleship multiplication.


LET US PRAY


1. Let the glory of this church be returned by fire in the name of Jesus. 


2. Let the glory of excellence and visibility return to  GOFAMINT in Jesus name.


3. Let the glory of the latter house be greater than the former in Jesus name.


4. Every power of reduction and failure over GOFAMINT be scattered by fire in the mighty name of Jesus. 


5. Oh God, arise and enlarge the territory of your church in the name of Jesus.


6. Let every gate of hell against the GOFAMINT be broken in the name of Jesus. 


7. Let the presence of God overshadow your church O Lord in the name of Jesus. 


8. Father, let signs and wonders become the order of the day in GOFAMINT as we worship you every day in the name of Jesus.


 9. Let every worker and minister in GOFAMINT be a career of your presence at every service in the name of Jesus. 


10.Father, let every minister be empowered with the Holy Ghost to minister in truth and in spirit in the name of Jesus.


11. Father, in the name of Jesus, thank you for your mighty hand that is behind the continuous growth of GOFAMINT world-wide.


12. Father, in the name of Jesus, we pray for divine visitation in our midst all through the year; resulting in signs, wonders and divers miracles.


13. Father, in the name of Jesus, we destroy all interference of the devil against the continuous growth of GOFAMINT.


14. Father, in the name of Jesus, we pray for unusual strength and fresh oil upon all GOFAMINT ministers to drive the church growth agenda.


15. Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that you send your reaper-angels to draft multitudes of men and women into GOFAMINT in the name of Jesus.


16. Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that you breath  Holy Spirit upon all our flyers and tracts, turning them into anointed sickles of harvest, thereby drafting multitudes into GOFAMINT in the name of Jesus Christ.


17.Father, in the name of Jesus, cause your acts in GOFAMINT to be noised abroad as in the day of Pentecost, thereby drafting multitudes into the church.


18. Father, in the name of Jesus, release your reaper-angels to take over our harvest fields, appearing to all our contacts in visions and revelations, thereby drafting them into this church.


19. Father, in the name of Jesus and by the Mystery of the Passover Blood, let every captive ordained for eternal life this year be released and established in this church.


20. Father, in the name of Jesus, let your master reaper angel, cast his sharp sickle into our harvest  and mission fields to thoroughly reap every soul ordained for salvation.


21. Father, in the name of Jesus and by the blood of the Lamb, we cast out every evil beast seeking to manipulate our new converts, new members from being established in this church.


22. Father, in the name of Jesus, let there be manifestations of apostolic order of signs, wonders and mighty deeds in our services all through this year; resulting in massive influx of souls into this church 


23. Father, in the name of Jesus, let GOFAMINT continue to experience supernatural growth after the order of the Acts of the Apostles, thereby turning this church into a city without walls.


24. Father, in the name of Jesus and by the Blood of the Lamb, we destroy all interferences of the devil against the continuous growth of GOFAMINT. 


25.Father, in the name of Jesus, invade all our services with notable miracles, thereby drafting multitudes into our church.


26. Father, In the name of Jesus and by the blood of the Lamb, we disarm all forces of opposition to the continuous growth of this Church.



 Closing session for the day: Your personal prayer requests for 2022


Special ministration for the day. As determined by the pastor.

 DAY 18:     WEDNESDAY 19TH JANUARY, 2022


FOCUS: DIVINE VISITATION FOR OPEN HEAVEN OVER GOFAMINT FOR   RAPID CHURCH GROWTH


TEXT:-        MATTHEW 16:18,1 CORINTHIANS 3:6


INSPIRATIONAL WORDS FOR EFFECTIVE AND FERVENT  PRAYERS









“Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day’ or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” – Isaiah 66:7-8A.


The best thing that can happen to any church is for the Almighty God to visit and dwell in that church. Our local assemblies can never be the same again after a divine visitation. The change and transformation we need in our lives, family, church and nation will surely come when God visits us.


For GOFAMINT to experience rapid growth; we need divine visitation. Divine visitation is not a one-off thing. Divine visitation is not meant to be a one time experience but a continuous experience all through our lives.


Abraham is the best example of someone in the Bible who experienced continuous divine visitation. God didn’t just visit Abraham once, but several times in Abraham’s lifetime. From Genesis 12 to Genesis 22, there are at least 8 different instances when God visited Abraham. We pray that GOFAMINT will continuously experience divine visitation for open heaven and growth in Jesus Name.


By divine visitation, God revealed to Abraham the next step he needed to take in his life. This year we need such clear and specific directions from God. When God visited Abraham, he made Abraham understood that at that point in his life, he had no business being in Haran. Divine visitation reveals where you ought to be, what you ought to be doing at specific times in your life. We pray once again, that God will visit GOFAMINT  and reveal to us the next step we need to take, the next major thing we need to do to experience an open heaven and growth in Jesus Christ name.


We must take this prayer serious, because it is the heart cry of our father in the Lord, the G.O, who witnessed the initial exponential growth of this church at inception,  but now seeing us flattening out like a plateau in our growth curve, The Lord must help us re-engineer that feat by our next generation through apostolic discipleship multiplication.


LET US PRAY


1. Let the glory of this church be returned by fire in the name of Jesus. 


2. Let the glory of excellence and visibility return to  GOFAMINT in Jesus name.


3. Let the glory of the latter house be greater than the former in Jesus name.


4. Every power of reduction and failure over GOFAMINT be scattered by fire in the mighty name of Jesus. 


5. Oh God, arise and enlarge the territory of your church in the name of Jesus.


6. Let every gate of hell against the GOFAMINT be broken in the name of Jesus. 


7. Let the presence of God overshadow your church O Lord in the name of Jesus. 


8. Father, let signs and wonders become the order of the day in GOFAMINT as we worship you every day in the name of Jesus.


 9. Let every worker and minister in GOFAMINT be a career of your presence at every service in the name of Jesus. 


10.Father, let every minister be empowered with the Holy Ghost to minister in truth and in spirit in the name of Jesus.


11. Father, in the name of Jesus, thank you for your mighty hand that is behind the continuous growth of GOFAMINT world-wide.


12. Father, in the name of Jesus, we pray for divine visitation in our midst all through the year; resulting in signs, wonders and divers miracles.


13. Father, in the name of Jesus, we destroy all interference of the devil against the continuous growth of GOFAMINT.


14. Father, in the name of Jesus, we pray for unusual strength and fresh oil upon all GOFAMINT ministers to drive the church growth agenda.


15. Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that you send your reaper-angels to draft multitudes of men and women into GOFAMINT in the name of Jesus.


16. Father, in the name of Jesus, we ask that you breath  Holy Spirit upon all our flyers and tracts, turning them into anointed sickles of harvest, thereby drafting multitudes into GOFAMINT in the name of Jesus Christ.


17.Father, in the name of Jesus, cause your acts in GOFAMINT to be noised abroad as in the day of Pentecost, thereby drafting multitudes into the church.


18. Father, in the name of Jesus, release your reaper-angels to take over our harvest fields, appearing to all our contacts in visions and revelations, thereby drafting them into this church.


19. Father, in the name of Jesus and by the Mystery of the Passover Blood, let every captive ordained for eternal life this year be released and established in this church.


20. Father, in the name of Jesus, let your master reaper angel, cast his sharp sickle into our harvest  and mission fields to thoroughly reap every soul ordained for salvation.


21. Father, in the name of Jesus and by the blood of the Lamb, we cast out every evil beast seeking to manipulate our new converts, new members from being established in this church.


22. Father, in the name of Jesus, let there be manifestations of apostolic order of signs, wonders and mighty deeds in our services all through this year; resulting in massive influx of souls into this church 


23. Father, in the name of Jesus, let GOFAMINT continue to experience supernatural growth after the order of the Acts of the Apostles, thereby turning this church into a city without walls.


24. Father, in the name of Jesus and by the Blood of the Lamb, we destroy all interferences of the devil against the continuous growth of GOFAMINT. 


25.Father, in the name of Jesus, invade all our services with notable miracles, thereby drafting multitudes into our church.


26. Father, In the name of Jesus and by the blood of the Lamb, we disarm all forces of opposition to the continuous growth of this Church.



 Closing session for the day: Your personal prayer requests for 2022


Special ministration for the day. As determined by the pastor.

Turkey's Erdogan converts another former church into mosque

Turkey's Erdogan converts another former church into mosque

A month after the former cathedral Hagia Sophia was converted from a museum into a mosque, another Istanbul church-museum, renowned for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics, will undergo the same transformation.

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, ordered Friday that the 700-year-old Chora Church -- currently the Kariye Museum -- be turned into a fully functioning mosque.

The building’s history mirrors that of the famous former Byzantine cathedral Hagia Sophia.

Holy Savior in Chora is a 4th-century Greek Orthodox church whose structure was originally part of a monastery in Byzantine Constantinople.

The church’s current form, instead, dates from the early 14th century. It is highly valued for its masterful mosaics and frescoes.

After the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the church was taken for Muslim worship, and the wall paintings and mosaics thinly covered with dye and lime.

In 1945, the secular Turkish republic declared the building a national monument, and extensive restoration and conservation work was carried out on the former church’s artworks before it opened as a museum in 1958.

Like Hagia Sophia, the building is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In November 2019, Turkey’s top administrative court, the Council of State, ruled the structure should return to use as a mosque, on the basis that the museum was unlawful for violating the Ottoman declaration that the building be used for Muslim worship.

This ruling was used as precedent for the court’s controversial July decision to convert the former cathedral Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque.

Erdo─čan ordered Aug. 21 that Chora Church, a much-visited site in the Fatih district of Istanbul, be turned into a mosque and opened for Muslim worship.

Other church-museums in Turkey, including less notable Hagia Sophias in the towns of ─░znik and Trabzon, have also been converted back into mosques in recent years.

Historian Fabrice Monnier told French newspaper Le Figaro that he believed the situation with Chora Church was different from that of other mosque reconversions, because of the size of its paintings and mosaics.

“Its beautiful mosaics and frescoes cover almost all the church’s walls and domes,” he said. “It would be hard to imagine it being returned into a mosque without totally covering them over.”

The Hagia Sophia and Chora decisions are thought to be an effort by Erdo─čan to appeal to Muslim voters after the president’s party, AK, lost the Istanbul mayoral election in 2019.

By Hannah Brockhaus
A month after the former cathedral Hagia Sophia was converted from a museum into a mosque, another Istanbul church-museum, renowned for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics, will undergo the same transformation.

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, ordered Friday that the 700-year-old Chora Church -- currently the Kariye Museum -- be turned into a fully functioning mosque.

The building’s history mirrors that of the famous former Byzantine cathedral Hagia Sophia.

Holy Savior in Chora is a 4th-century Greek Orthodox church whose structure was originally part of a monastery in Byzantine Constantinople.

The church’s current form, instead, dates from the early 14th century. It is highly valued for its masterful mosaics and frescoes.

After the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the church was taken for Muslim worship, and the wall paintings and mosaics thinly covered with dye and lime.

In 1945, the secular Turkish republic declared the building a national monument, and extensive restoration and conservation work was carried out on the former church’s artworks before it opened as a museum in 1958.

Like Hagia Sophia, the building is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In November 2019, Turkey’s top administrative court, the Council of State, ruled the structure should return to use as a mosque, on the basis that the museum was unlawful for violating the Ottoman declaration that the building be used for Muslim worship.

This ruling was used as precedent for the court’s controversial July decision to convert the former cathedral Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque.

Erdo─čan ordered Aug. 21 that Chora Church, a much-visited site in the Fatih district of Istanbul, be turned into a mosque and opened for Muslim worship.

Other church-museums in Turkey, including less notable Hagia Sophias in the towns of ─░znik and Trabzon, have also been converted back into mosques in recent years.

Historian Fabrice Monnier told French newspaper Le Figaro that he believed the situation with Chora Church was different from that of other mosque reconversions, because of the size of its paintings and mosaics.

“Its beautiful mosaics and frescoes cover almost all the church’s walls and domes,” he said. “It would be hard to imagine it being returned into a mosque without totally covering them over.”

The Hagia Sophia and Chora decisions are thought to be an effort by Erdo─čan to appeal to Muslim voters after the president’s party, AK, lost the Istanbul mayoral election in 2019.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) biggest threat against Christianity, gate of hell won’t prevail – Fani-Kayode blasts Buhari govt

Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) biggest threat against Christianity, gate of hell won’t prevail – Fani-Kayode blasts Buhari govt

A Nigerian former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the Company and Allied Matters Act, CAMA, recently signed into law by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as the greatest threat to Christianity.

He said nothing can bring down the church. Recall that the World Council of Bishops had emphatically described CAMA laws on churches, religious bodies by Nigeria’s Federal Government as an illegality.

 Buhari signed the CAMA act which has generated a lot of controversies, into law earlier this month which the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), had also described it as satanic, demanding that the President halt the implementation of “the obnoxious and ungodly law until the religious institutions are exempted from it.”

Also the founder and General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, was one of the first religious leaders to warn the President Buhari government against the application of CAMA in churches.

Adding his voice, Fani-Kayode tweeted, “Though the legislation known as CAMA represents the greatest threat to Christendom in our history, those behind it fail to appreciate that the gates of hell SHALL NOT prevail against the Church. No matter what they do, Jesus remains Lord and the gospel shall continue to flourish.”


A Nigerian former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the Company and Allied Matters Act, CAMA, recently signed into law by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as the greatest threat to Christianity.

He said nothing can bring down the church. Recall that the World Council of Bishops had emphatically described CAMA laws on churches, religious bodies by Nigeria’s Federal Government as an illegality.

 Buhari signed the CAMA act which has generated a lot of controversies, into law earlier this month which the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), had also described it as satanic, demanding that the President halt the implementation of “the obnoxious and ungodly law until the religious institutions are exempted from it.”

Also the founder and General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, was one of the first religious leaders to warn the President Buhari government against the application of CAMA in churches.

Adding his voice, Fani-Kayode tweeted, “Though the legislation known as CAMA represents the greatest threat to Christendom in our history, those behind it fail to appreciate that the gates of hell SHALL NOT prevail against the Church. No matter what they do, Jesus remains Lord and the gospel shall continue to flourish.”


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