Meet Luca Maria Negro

CTBI’s Christine Elliott recently returned from a fact-finding visit to projects in Rome. Over the coming week’s she’ll be blogging about her encounters.

Meet Luca Maria Negro, the President of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI).

The FCEI set up the work of Mediterranean Hope in 2013 following the ghastly situation on 3 October just off the coast of the tiny island of Lampedusa when 368 people were killed. Local people helped rescue 155 migrants from the water. Boats had sunk before, but this enormous loss birthed a new determination to respond to the needs of migrants.

Over nearly 30 years many thousands of people have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Italy.

In the photograph Luca shows me news of yet another unseaworthy vessel full of migrants. It is this sort of thing that Mediterranean Hope works to alleviate. And through the visit of the group of seven from churches across Britain and Ireland to Sicily and Lampedusa in April, and my recent visit to Rome, they invite us to share with them in getting the message out, volunteering, and contributing to their work.