#ShortNews: Construction begins on first Christian church in Turkey built since 1923

The works for the construction of what will become the first newly built church in the Republic of Turkey will begin by next February. This was announced on Tuesday, January 8th, by Bulent Kerimoglu, mayor of Bakirkoy, the district of Istanbul where the new church will be built.

The construction works should last for a maximum of two years. The church will be built in the Yesilkoy district of Bakirkoy, in an area not far from the Ataturk International Airport, and will accommodate more than 700 faithful. The construction of the new church was in fact already announced in 2015 by the then Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu during a meeting at Dolmabahçe palace with representatives of Turkish non-Muslim religious minorities.

Read full article: http://www.fides.org/en/news/65357-ASIA_TURKEY_The_beginning_of_the_construction_of_the_first_church_in_Turkish_territory_since_1923_has_been_announced

#ShortNews: Israel’s Christian population on the rise

A Christian population that is growing, even with a lower child birth rate compared with Jews and Muslims, thanks also to the arrival of migrant workers. A good level of education among young people, with a figure that almost equals the Jewish majority and a percentage of increasingly significant active participation in the life of the country.

According to the document, Christians today in Israel are about 175 thousand equal to 2% of the total population. In 2017, the population growth of the minority reached 2.2%, a marked increase compared to 1.4% in the previous year. According to experts, growth is linked to the arrival of 597 migrants from Ethiopia rather than a boom in new births (where problems remain).

Education, health and above all tourism – in particular pilgrimages  -are the sectors in which the Christian community finds its most frequent employment.

Here to read full article: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christians-in-Israel-grow-%28slightly%29-through-immigration.-Educated-and-active-45909.html

#ShortNews: God always answers prayers, Pope reassures audience

Papal’s General Audience took place at 9.20 a.m. in the Paul VI Hall, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and all over the world.

“We can be sure that God will respond. The only uncertainty is due to time, but let us have no doubt that He will respond. Perhaps we will have to persevere for a lifetime, but He will answer. He has promised us: He is not like a father who gives a snake in place of a fish. There is nothing surer: the desire for happiness that we all carry in our heart will be fulfilled one day. Jesus says. “Will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night?” (Lk ,18: 7). Yes, He will do justice, He will listen to us. What a day of glory and resurrection that will be! Praying is even now victory over solitude and desperation. Pray. Prayer changes reality, let us not forget. Either it changes things, or it changes our heart, but it always changes. Praying is even now victory over solitude and desperation. It is like seeing every fragment of creation swarming in the torpor of a story whose reason at times we are at times unable to grasp. But it is in movement, it is in journeying, and at the end of every road, what is there at the end of our road? At the end of prayer, at the end of a time in which we are praying, at the end of life: what is there? There is a Father Who awaits everything and awaits everyone with open arms. Let us look to that Father.”

Read full of the Papal’s greetings; http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/01/09/190109a.html