01 June, 2006
Greek American politician Chris Spyrou announced during a press conference at a hotel in Manhattan that the organization "Free Agia Sophia Council of America" will launch an international campaign to enable Saint Sophia, in Istanbul, to become an Orthodox church again and be the Cathedral of Christian Orthodox believers all over the world.
The Saint Sophia church was built during the 6th century by the Emperor of Byzantium Justinian.
Spyrou, the founder and president of the organization in question, as well as the president of the Greek American Union of Athens and former president of the Democratic party in the state of New Hampshire, presented the organization’s plan for a free Saint Sophia with action at political, legal and economic level.
"It is an international movement which is starting from the United States and it is aimed at restoring the Great Church of Saint Sophia in Istanbul as an operating church of the Christian Orthodox faith," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency