The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
Despite the decline of crimes, these organisations still are very influential in Southern Italy. Christians should “face Mafia with the Biblical responsibility that it deserves”, says Giuseppe Rizza of the Italian Evangelical Alliance.
Human identity, the role of media, and the protection of family were some of the issues addressed during the annual general assembly of the Italian Evangelical Alliance.
The President of the Italian Evangelical Alliance: “Religious freedom and the family are necessary values for a peaceful coexistence”.
“We lament this act of vandalism”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance. The square was named in 2015 and is one of the signs of religious diversity in the Italian capital.
Italian evangelicals were part of an inititiative in support of the Pakistani Christian woman.
Hungarian and Italian leaders meet in Milan with the 2019 EU Parliament elections in mind. “There are two sides at the moment in Europe”, Hungarian President Orbán said.
The evangelical family of one of the victims held their own funeral. Italian Evangelical Alliance: “The state assumes everyone is Catholic”.
Churches offer help to the local authorities. 600 people have been evacuated from their homes, including an evangelical family.
According to the IOM, 60,309 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2018. “I think that Spain reacted in a very positive way. But it cannot go on this way”, the EU Immigration Commission said.
The increase in diplomatic tensions between France and Italy reopen the debate about the future of the European Union. “Our ties are found in Christ and are so much stronger than these political games”, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance.
Europe holds its breath as emerging parties M5S and Lega announce a government deal. Italian Evangelical Alliance leader Giacomo Ciccone sees a “widespread dissatisfaction” in society.
The political status quo has been broken with the victory of the 5 Star Movement, the Italian Evangelical Alliance says. The new political context could help to decrease corruption.
Talks to form a government are expected to be long and difficult. Anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right Lega are the big winners of the general election.
“In a country that has known no Reformation we are still grappling with the lack of pluralism and responsibility”, the Italian Evangelical Alliance says.
The World Evangelical Alliance admits that “evangelical-Catholic relations are a highly sensitive issue for evangelicals in many parts of the world”, and says it will seek better communication with its members.
A letter to the embassador in Rome was delivered.
“The historic positions on biblical unity and biblical confrontation of errors that the Alliance has stood for over a hundred years seem now to be eroded and replaced by ecumenical attitudes”. World Evangelical Alliance responds: “The concerns raised are being taken very seriously”.
Ravi Zacharias spoke at the General Assembly of the Italian Evangelical Alliance. Hundreds joined a march in Rome to pray for the country.
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The criminalization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia is a mistake, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance. Freedom of worship should be guaranteed for everyone, “even for those who, in our view, are completely wrong.”
“Unique” was the theme of this year’s Week of Prayer in Europe. A summary of the highlights in Italy, Austria, Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
The Italian Evangelical Alliance emphasises the “inherent dignity” of all migrants. Family reunification and integration policies should be implemented.
The Italian Evangelical Alliance supports a teacher who did not allow the celebration of a Catholic mass service during school hours.
Ministries and churches attended a special summit five days after the tragedy. 40 organisations aggree to “coordinate the efforts in order to bring together into a single stream the various initiatives.”
The Italian Evangelical Alliance is active in contributing to relief work and to coordinate its work with evangelical agencies. Condolences of European believers.