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Ecumenici would thank very much for the money given by the psicanalyst Grazia Aloi, by the writer – publisher Pasquale Ianamorelli, author of the book “What life?”, Ms Oriella Orazi who loves indeed poetry, spirituality and mistic thoughts and by the politician Alberto Milazzo who support ecological battles. Great all of them!!

We reached 1000 contacts among friends and ordinary people on our Facebook profile and even 487 new registered people to the Ecumenici newsletter during the last year. A big success obtained by a small, not declared, free and indipendent team, not linked to any political or clerical group. It is an open challenge that, starting from the far 1999, will continue to assert what it is necessary to be declared and to do what others simply do not know how to say or do not want to do! It’s us the real and laic ecumenical spirit in Italy, not the SAE association, or the catholics or Waldesians. Until today, on Yahoo, we register 3573 enrolled people to our Ecumenici newsletter.

But our next goal is to reach a great number of people all over the world using English as contact language. But some Friends from London will promise to help us quickly. We send them our greetings for a Happy New Year.


” It is in his quest for the impossible that the mankind

has ever got the possible….”

Dear friends,
I was shocked to hear reports that Iranian security forces arrested 29 mothers and their supporters who were silently mourning children killed in post-election violence this summer.

These Mourning Mothers gather peacefully each week to call for an end to widespread human rights abuses and justice for their dead children.

The disturbing news of their arrest brought to mind profound memories of the Mothers of the Disappeared in Chile and Argentina. Like the courageous mothers in Iran, the Mothers of the Disappeared faced threats and harassment for seeking justice for their children kidnapped during the Dirty Wars in Chile and Argentina.

My song “They Dance Alone” is dedicated to the Mothers of the Disappeared. I had the honor of performing it with them in 1988 during Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now! Tour.

Dancing on stage with the Mothers of the Disappeared in Chile and Argentina was one of the most moving moments of my career.

I am heartbroken to see that once again others have to face the anguish that the Mothers of the Disappeared endured. I am compelled to speak out again. I hope you will too:

What gives me hope is knowing that Amnesty International is fighting on behalf of the Mourning Mothers and others threatened with abuse in Iran and around the world.

As you read this, Amnesty International is investigating and reporting on the human rights situation in Iran. It’s publishing the names of prisoners of conscience and documenting the use of brutal force to crush dissent — even as it continues to respond to human rights emergencies across the globe.

The people of Iran deserve to speak peacefully without fear. Show them they are not alone. Donate to Amnesty International today. Click here:


Christmas Greetings and Blessings to all Members of the Community of Ecumencis.

My best wishes to you and family at this time.

Maurizio Benazzi

Sunday, December 13

Third Sunday of Advent

Watchword for the Week
Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Luke 3:8

Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Bless the Lord, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with
steadfast love and mercy. Psalm 103:2,4

These are the words of the holy one, the true one: I am coming soon; hold fast
to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. Revelation 3:7,11

May we experience our salvation and call to love one another, O Lord, our
Redeemer, through the birth, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In his
name we pray. Amen.

December 7th 1982

Texas, first execution with lethal injection

Some news from Italy.

Dear Sirs,

I am not a lawyer and I do not know anything about the Perugia (Knox) Affair, so I will not enter into the facts of the trial, but I want to say that we have not jurors, but “giudici popolari” (lay judges). They are drawn from a very thin list and sit with two “giudici togati” (trial judges). They decide the verdict and the sentence, and decide by themselves, without any obligation to follow Defence or DA suggestions and so they did.

More: they will write down a very meticulous explanation of their decision.

Two years to reach a sentence are not a very long time. It is difficult to see in Usa a capital or non-capital homicide trial to begin before two or three years. The Italian trial is long because we have not the preliminary hearings that clean the way and many procedural problems are still to be resolved at the opening hearing, when in America they were decided long before. We have also “parte civile” (lawyers for the victim/s).

Now the Knox case will go in Appellate Court, and in Italy this mean a quite de novo trial, with witnesses and everything. With new giudici popolari and new verdict and sentence.

Not yet finished: of course Corte di Cassazione (the court of last resort) will hear the case.

This is the way our justice works, with quite always a trial and always an appeal.

Very different it was for the Italian Carlo Parlanti in California. He refused the plea bargain and was convicted, for rape, by a jury without any explanation of the rationale and without any appellate review. Many jurists affirmed that, with the bizarre evidences presented at trial, no Italian court had convicted him.

Best regards

Dott. Claudio Giusti

Via Don Minzoni 40, 47100 Forlì, Italia
Tel.  39/0543/401562     39/340/4872522

Member of the Scientific Committee of Osservatorio sulla Legalità e i Diritti, Claudio Giusti had the privilege and the honour to participate in the first congress of the Italian Section of Amnesty International: later he was one of the founders of the World Coalition Against The Death Penalty.

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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