Italian Protestant women adhere to the appeal of Clarisses  and Carmelites

The Federation of Protestant Women in Italy signed the letter on migration issues that  Clarisses and Carmelites sent to Mattarella and Conte

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Rome (NEV), July 27, 2019 – The Federation of Protestant Women in Italy (FDEI) joined the appeal sent by the Italian Clarisses and Carmelites to the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and to the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in which they expressed their “concern about the spreading in Italy of intolerance feelings, refusal and violent discrimination against migrants and refugees who are seeking reception and protection in our territories”.
Pastor Gabriela Lio, president of  FDEI – which includes the women organizations of the Baptist, Methodist, Waldensian, Lutheran, Adventist churches, the Salvation Army and the Swiss Reformed Church – sent a letter to the sister nuns “to express the deepest appreciation of the appeal you signed”, stressing the “full sharing” and the commitment to spread “the message on our communication channels, aware that the presence of brothers and sisters seeking reception and protection in our Country enrich our social and ecclesiastical life”.
FDEI received the response of the Clarisses and Carmelites sisters who said they were “honored and moved to see that we feel immersed in this Church communion that goes beyond borders and all kinds of barriers. We truly believe in the ecumenism of prayer, of blood, of every little work done in love and freedom. Thank you very much for all that you already do for these needy brothers and sisters and for your sincere and open prayer. Thank you for the support and trust you give us”.
In the letter sent to Mattarella and Conte the writers thank all those who are “mocked, hindered and accused” of devoting “time, energy and heart to the defense of refugees and to the fight against all forms of racism, even simply by declaring their opinion”, and they dissociate themselves “from any form of use of the Christian faith not aimed to charity and service”.