Isa 19:23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria-a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance" (NKJV).
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Istanbul gives Syriac Christians Cemetery
call it a ploy to pit Christian communities against each other.
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, once a Catholic Cathedral (Wikimedia.org)
By Barbara G.
Dec. 17 (World Watch Monitor) —Three years after a Syrian
Orthodox foundation applied to build a church in Istanbul, the
Greater Istanbul Municipality has granted them a large plot of land
and a building permit.
headlines in the Turkish media praised the early-December decision as
“a first in the history of the Republic,” declaring that never
before had Turkey allowed a non-Muslim minority to build an official
new house of worship.
Christians were far from pleased. For one thing, the land they were
“granted” by the municipality is, in fact, a Latin Catholic
want a Syriac church on top of a cemetery!” the website
suryaniler.com stated. “This is a big scandal.”
In fact, the
graveyard had been donated back in 1868 to the Italian Catholic
Church in what is now Istanbul’s Yesilkoy district. It was then
officially registered as Catholic property in 1936, although later
confiscated in 1951 by the city.
The Council of
Europe’s 2011 progress report noted that Turkey was not fully
implementing Law No. 3998, which states that cemeteries belonging to
minority communities can no longer be taken over by local
lawyer Nail Karakas, the Latin Catholic foundation had applied to the
city last summer, in accordance with the government’s August 2011
pledge to restore expropriated minority properties, to regain
possession of their property and resume Christian burials in the
leaders are insisting that the cemetery land newly designated for
their church be returned instead to its rightful owners.
“It is clear
that (the authorities) want to cause conflict between the minority
communities,” commented Syriac layman Sabo Boyaci. Boyaci also
faulted the government for trying to exploit the Syriac community
believe the government’s sincerity. They delivered this land to us
in order to silence us on the matter of Mor Gabriel Monastery. The
government simply aims to make a good impression on the European and
Turkish public,” he told Hurriyet Daily News.