Bro. Paul Ines sdb

Santa Sofia

By Bro. Paul Ines, sdb

Santa Sofia is one of the most ancient churches in the world built in 531 by Justinian I. It was a Christian church for a thousand years; then when Constantinople fell to the Turks it was a mosque for 500 years; now it is a museum. Fr. Ines, a Filipino missionary in Turkey, reflects on the memory of that once great Church.

As a Catholic Christian Missionary I feel a bit like the Basilica, a lonely sentinel in a predominantly Muslim land.