Libya, Now The European Humanitarian Corridor
by Paolo Naso, coordinator of Mediterranean Hope, a program for refugees and migrants promoted by the FCEI, and Global Ministries' Board of Directors member. It is important that the Minister of Foreign Affairs declares that "Libya is not a safe haven". The fact that the vice-premier Matteo Salvini also recognizes him - as shown by various agencies on 6 July - is resounding. Read more...Read more
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our brother, whose family became sojourners in a time of violent unrest.Read more
In a city of many significant staircases, the Spanish Steps represent one of the best known. Sweeping grandly down from the church of Santissima Trinità dei Monti to Bernini’s Barcaccia fountain, this has been a place of transit and meeting since the eighteenth century.Read more
Sea-Watch - Mediterranean Hope: "They are right: there is no safe port in Libya"
Rome (NEV CS/29), 13 June 2019 – “We agree with Sea Watch’s choice not to bring the migrants rescued and saved back to Libya,” says Paolo Naso, coordinator of Mediterranean Hope – the refugee and migrant program of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, and Global Ministries' Board member. Read more...
By the Rev. Dr. Kevin E. Frederick
By the end of World War II in 1945, the industrial centers of Italy had been bombed to ruins and few Italian families remained unscathed by the war. Many fathers and sons had become casualties of the war and many civilians had lost their lives, along with their homes and businesses...
It was under these miserable conditions that a small group of Italian young people under the leadership of Waldensian Pastor Tullio Vinay began looking to their faith and to Bible study for a way forward from the destruction and hatred which they had experienced.Read more
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