by Pastor Massimo Aquilante.
Rome (NEV), 18 November 2015 – In the wake of the terrorist attacks that shocked the French capital on the night of 13 November, the President of the Federation of Protestant Churches of Italy (FCEI), Pastor Massimo Aquilante wanted to extend his “deepest sympathy” on behalf of the FCEI of Italy to the President of the Protestant Federation of France (FPF), Pastor François Clavairoly.
The letter continues: “Even in the face of this latest act of violence and barbarism, we will not stop believing and serving as testimonies to the Word of life that calls us to “overcome evil with good” (Romans 12, 21) and to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city” (Jeremiah 29, 7). Although worn out by the evil in the world and that hit Paris a few days ago, we are confident that the Gospel of the resurrection will free us from the fear of death (Hebrews 2, 15). In prayer, we turn our thoughts to you, to the victims and their loved ones, calling today with renewed insistence the faith in the Lord of Peace. We reiterate our constant commitment to dialogue between populations, religions and cultures against extremism, fundamentalism, intolerance and exploitation of God’s name to justify any kind of violence. Together we will continue to act as testimonies in Europe for another possible way, working together for dialogue, co-existence, and worth of human life beyond any cultural and religious belonging. It is a difficult testimony that we now have to bring forward together, hoping and praying that the spirit of God will support and accompany us on this common journey”.