As a child we would spend it with the Vincentian Fathers in
Later when I was in
Once on a business trip to
What it must be like to be cut off from the place for prayer and know that you are separated from the place by the violent act of force.
Touring former Churches with hoards of Spanish and Italian tourists who probably never enter Churches in their home nations and wondering how many of their fabulous edifices will be desecrated in the same ways in few years time when no one will attend Mass anymore in those nations?
In the end Istanbul is a city if ghosts and of memory and the fact that it is Holy Week and so few people here even think about remembering that fact in this the city consecrated to the Virgin Hodegetria is a thought for all of us in the West to ponder- Deo Gratia