FCEI President Aquilante on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy
Rome (NEV), January 31, 2012 – After the great involvement of the Federation of protestant churches in Italy (FCEI) in the celebration for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy and in view of FCEI’s next general assembly, foreseen by the end of the year, NEV Press Agency interviewed Pastor Massimo Aquilante, FCEI President, about future programs. Aquilante expressed his great satisfaction for the results of the Italian protestants engagement in the celebrations aimed, from their perspective, to create a link with the insight of former generations who believed that the renewal of the Nations had to go along with its “spiritual reformation”. This is also what was exposed to the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano at the hearing on 22nd of November last, remembered Aquilante: the protestant churches do not cease to proclaim the Gospel of freedom in Christ, drawing attention to the great open questions of society and thus contributing to the renewal of the country.
“Four in particular are the issues FCEI wants to concentrate on – continued Aquilante -: religious freedom, State laity, the culture of responsibility in ‘public affairs’ and migrants integration. The support FCEI is giving to the campaign for the citizenship rights of migrants “I’m Italy too”, is an example of the ‘political’ effort which FCEI is engaged in”.
“By the time FCEI General Assembly is taking place – concluded Aquilante – there will be enough elements to assess the situation of the country, after one year of the new government, and the possibility to draw the lines of FCEI programs for the following three years”.