On the occasion of the World Refugee Day observed on 20 June, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) together with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) has issued a call to churches and parishes across Europe to hold services commemorating “those who have died on their journey to find a dignified life in Europe through an annual day of prayer.”
“In this period of Ascension and Pentecost filled with hope and light that are intended for all humankind, we are deeply saddened and disturbed that the way of the cross, of suffering, hopelessness and death, continues for thousands of our human brothers and sister on the outer borders of the European Union,” says the CEC–CCME message issued by CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger and CMME General Secretary Dr Torsten Moritz.Read more
Migrants Rescued by the Sea Watch: the FCEI Writes to the European, Canadian and US Churches
LEGGI IN ITALIANO “A Coherent and Sustainable Management for The Migration Flow of the Mediterranean Sea is Needed.” Rome (NEV), May 21th, 2019 – The president of the FCEI, pastor Luca Maria Negro, together with Paolo Naso and Fiona Kendall, the coordinator and legal advisor of the Mediterranean Hope project promoted by FCEI, sent a letter to sister churches. Read more...Read more
The Holy Week procession on Tuesday evening carries a diorama of Christ on the cross through the streets of Scicli.Read more
The Mediterranean Sea the Sole Witness: The Story of Ons
Rome (NEV), March 26th, 2019 –The “Lo sguardo dalle frontiere” (A Look from the Border) editorial is written by the operators of Mediterranean Hope (MH), the project promoted by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI). This week’s “Look” comes from the Observatory in Lampedusa. The Mare Jonio vessel has just entered the port of Lampedusa... Read more...Read more
Paolo Naso, the coordinator of the migrants and refugees program of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, has just completed a two-month sabbatical lecturing at the United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. As part of his sabbatical, Paolo attended meetings and conferences in San Diego, Chicago and Holland, Michigan. He also spent a week in Sahuarita in the Tucson area where he visited the US-Mexican border and was hosted by the United Church of Christ of the Good Shepherd. He represents the Europe region as a member of the Global Ministries Board of Directors. In this interview, Paolo reflects about his recent experiences in the United States.Read more
Refugees: On March 28th a New Arrival from Lebanon Through the Humanitarian Corridors by the Protestant Churches and The Community of Sant’Egidio
LEGGI IN ITALIANO The 54 Syrian refugees will be welcomed by associations, parishes and communities in different Italian regions to immediately facilitate their integration. A welcoming event with press conference at the Fiumicino Airport on Thursday 28th Rome (NEV/CS19), March 25th, 2019 – On Thursday 28th 54 Syrian refugees will arrive in Fiumicino through the Humanitarian Corridors promoted by the FCEI. Read more…Read more
Libya, Terre des Hommes and FCEI provide specialised medical care for the most vulnerable children
The new project promoted by Terre des Hommes, together with Mediterranean Hope – the Refugee and Migrant Programme of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) – and financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation aims to provide medical and health care to Libyan children with serious illnesses, who belong to the most vulnerable groups … Read moreRead more
The following is a reflection from Dr. Paolo Naso. He is a member of the Waldensian Church, a partner of Global Ministries and director of Mediterranean Hope Refugees and Migrants Program of the Federation of Protestant churches in Italy, also a partner.
Dr. Naso is spending his sabbatical as a mission co-worker in residence, spending time at United Theological Seminary with his wife Angela researching, lecturing, and itinerating around the United States with Disciple and UCC churches and church-related agencies.
The art in this piece is from Francesco Piobbichi, who also works at Mediterranean Hope. He started drawing as anti-stress therapy for his humanitarian work in Lampedusa (Sicily), Lebanon, Morocco and on the ship Open Arms.
MH and Open Arms: “Boats leave Libya and disappear into thin air”
LEGGI IN ITALIANO Rejecting these people means sending them back to an unsafe place. Rome (NEV/CS08), 23 January 2019 – “We have been contacted by the families of missing people who are talking about another boat disappearing in the Mediterranean. Continue reading.Read more