By UPF Italy, Giuseppe Cali
On September 13th 2016, we held an important conference in a special hall of the Italian Parliament, sponsored by UPF and WFWP. From 9:30 a.m., until 7 p.m., we gathered with a very high level audience of 63 guests, including parliamentarians and other politicians, academics, leader of NGO, journalists, Presidents of important institutions. A kind of elite group that we can definitely say belonging to the main stream.
The occasion was offered by two Italian Parliamentarians, Hon. Bechis and Hon. Rampi, that attended the recent Inauguration of the European chapter of the Association of Parliamentarians for Peace. Being enthusiastic about their experience in London, even before coming back, they requested one of the most beautiful and important halls in the parliament for reporting about it.
We had just a week time to prepare everything, inviting people, organizing reception, preparing our speeches and complying with security requests. We had to run very fast but we made it, cooperating well with each other, UPF, WFWP, FFWPU staff, including several 2nd gen.
Finally, we held one of the most significant events in our providential history.
First of all, the location was the one were parliamentarians discuss the new laws. In our speeches, Carlo Zonato, Pres. Of UPF, Elisabetta Nistri, President of WFWP, Giuseppe Calì, President of FFWPU, made the most beautiful testimonies of True Parents vision resonating, for the first time ever, in a core place of the country. Gabriella Mieli, vice President of WFWP, as MC of the event, read a True Mother speech, the one that Sun Jin Nim red in the London Parliament.
Several other speeches were presented on various topics: Peace and mass migrations, Family, Peace and sustainable development, the Women’s role in preventing radicalization, and finally some case studies on good practices of our peace federations. Giorgio Gasperoni, National leader of San Marino, spoke about some recent projects in cooperation with Italian and Israeli movements and Umberto Angelucci, Regional director for Middle Est, gave us a meaningful testimony of his work in Afghanistan. Particularly significant was the speech given by Hon. Centemero. She wanted to go to London but she couldn’t so she participated with a paper on human rights, to confirm her will to cooperate with us.
The conference was really full of contents, deep discussions and suggestions, but also full of hope, good will and spirit. We felt God’s Grace coming down, not only to us, but to entire country of Italy. It was the fist time such a powerful testimony of True Parents entered so clear in our main institution.
At the UK Parliament left to right: Dr. Thomas Walsh, President, UPF International, Dr. Sun Jin Moon, Chair, Universal Peace Federation International, Hon. Eleonora Bechis, Member of Parliament, Italy All participants were caught in this spirit and offered their cooperation to develop the association of parliamentarians and the federation for peace. All this looks like the beginning of the fulfillment of all True Parents and our dreams, to build the substantial CIG, after so much sacrificing. Of course, we are well aware that there is still a long way to go, but we are in the age after “Foundation Day”, after the 4th anniversary of True Father’s Seung Hwa and more and more, the impossible is becoming absolutely possible. We just started but we are committed to really becoming and promoting the change we want to see in our country and in the world.
Thank to God and True Parents’ Grace.
Giuseppe Cali, Elisabetta Nistri, Carlo Zonato, Gabriella Meli on behalf of all brothers and sisters of ltaly.