GENERAL C.A. IGNZIO GIBILARO, INTERREGIONAL COMMANDER FOR SOUTHERN ITALY OF THE FINANCIAL POLICE, VISITING THE FONDAZIONE MEDITERRANEO AND THE MUSEUM OF PEACE - MAMT

General Ignazio Gibilaro, Inter-regional Commander of Southern Italy of the Guardia di Finanza, visited the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
Accompanied by Senator Giuseppe Lumia and Colonel Giuseppe Garofalo, the General spent many hours in a detailed visit of the emotional paths of the Museum: in particular those dedicated to the themes of peace, legality and social justice.
After discussing the topical issue of the war in Ukraine and viewing some of the many activities carried out in over thirty years by the Fondazione Mediterraneo per la pace, General Gibilaro expressed his satisfaction with a place that he described as "unique" and of extraordinary importance for dialogue and cooperation.
In the book of honour he wrote:
"Fascinated and moved by a place that is an incredible source of emotions and reflections, I thank the incomparable architect Michele Capasso for the experience he has given me".

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ISPI: 5 MAPS TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD'S REACTION TO THE INVASION OF UKRAINE

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Anna Lindh Italia Federation fully shared the analysis carried out by the ISPI (Institute for International Political Studies) and expressed great concern over this serious violation of international law.
President Capasso shared the concerns expressed by all Heads of State and Government - "there is an attack on freedom and democracy". Let us not allow, he added, "the borders of Europe to be drawn by force".

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FALCONERS TO PROTECT THE PEACE MUSEUM

A group of falconers to protect the roof and covering from excessive bird droppings.

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THE STABIA MARINA WELCOMES THE BOAT OF PEACE

The "Marina di Stabia" - one of the largest and most efficient marinas, geographical centre of the Mediterranean - has welcomed the "Peace Boat" launched in 2009 by the Fondazione Mediterraneo after complex restoration work and recognised by over 160 countries around the world.
Of high political and symbolic significance, the small schooner has a centuries-old history and it is no coincidence that - thanks to the generosity and sensitivity of Giovanni La Mura (patron of Marina di Stabia) - the boat arrived at the site at the very moment when the meetings for a negotiation between Russia and Ukraine began and while the Salesians blessed the boat by recommending it to the Virgin of the Holy Rosary of Pompei, whose Sanctuary is a few kilometres from Marina di Stabia.
With the help and commitment of many, under the direction of Giovanni and Salvatore La Mura, the boat will be refitted after being grounded due to the Covid 19 and the hope is that its first use will be the seal of Peace in Ukraine and Europe.

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THE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES AN APPEAL FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE AND FOR THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD

The Fondazione Mediterraneo has launched an international appeal for peace in Ukraine and for the establishment of a United States of Europe and a United States of the World. President Michele Capasso said he was appalled by this war in the heart of Europe and that "more than 30 years of peace-building efforts seem to have been in vain". "One of the reasons," said President Capasso, "is to be found in the unpreparedness of the ruling and political classes in Europe and, in general, in the rest of the world".
The appeal highlights "a UN unsuited to the changes in our world with bureaucratic rules and vetoes that prevent real peace action; a NATO that is still a prisoner of archaic defence models; a European Union that cares so little about the rest of Europe except for economic needs and following the law of markets and merchants; a Russia that is trying to take over the place of the former Soviet Union using force and violence and all the games barely disguised by the great powers and their interests".
The Appeal concludes with a condemnation of what is happening and the following demands:
"Let us again throw a bottle into our sea with a common appeal, intended for what remains of conscience on our shores. We address these words to our friends in Europe, the Mediterranean and the world to ask them to join us and support us.
Therefore:

  • We condemn any military attack on Ukraine and denounce that war not only does not solve problems but increases them both in Ukraine and in Europe, in Russia itself and in the rest of the world.
  • We condemn those who ignore the will of the Ukrainian people, including by trying to remove a government democratically elected by the people to create disaffection between the real and legal country.
  • We call on the government of the United States of America and the governments of the European Union to demand forcefully and by all democratic means respect for international law, especially the Geneva Convention and the UN Charter.
  • We call on the government of Russia, a country with ancient traditions of culture and civilisation, to respect human rights and to accept the demands for democracy expressed by its people towards all and, in particular, towards a 'brother' country: Ukraine.

The governments of the West, just as they were silent when the holocaust of the Jews was being prepared and perpetrated, are now prevaricating with sanctions, even if they are strict, while waiting for the victor - when the fighting is over - to give them the appearance of having brokered peace.
It is up to civil society to rise up and say STOP!  STOP the slaughter of innocents!"

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MEDITERRANEAN FRONTIER OF PEACE 2

The second edition of "Mediterranean Frontier of Peace" was held in Florence. It was organised by the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) together with the Municipality of Florence, which jointly organised a meeting of Mediterranean Mayors in the footsteps of Giorgio La Pira.
"That experienced by the mayors and bishops of the Mediterranean is an important moment - said the President of the Foundation Michele Capasso, who has been committed to Peace in the Mediterranean for thirty years when few paid attention to the region - and these days in which mayors, prelates, experts and volunteers were able to compare notes and listen is a significant act just when in Ukraine an atrocious war is looming in the heart of Europe, on the borders of the Mediterranean".
President Capasso recalled the friendship between his father Raffaele (Mayor of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio) and Giorgio La Pira, his meeting - while still a teenager - with the visionary Mayor who left an indelible mark on his education.
"Cardinal Bassetti, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, said: "By coming together and listening to each other, mayors and bishops signed a common declaration, 'The Charter of Florence', in which points emerged that are close to everyone's heart, regardless of their different worldviews and religions. A marvellous fact while a crazy war is going on in Ukraine bringing death and destruction". "But the clock of history does not want to stop its hands in Florence", continued Cardinal Bassetti, "on the contrary, it wants the hour of peace and dialogue to resound continuously".
The Italian Bishops' Conference president then turned his thoughts to Giorgio La Pira, who was mayor of Florence in the early 1960s and who saw the Mediterranean as "a sea that unites and does not divide", "the 'great lake of Tiberias' overlooked by the civilisations that belong to the 'triple family of Abraham'". For Cardinal Bassetti, the encounter between these civilisations "can change the history not only of the Mediterranean, but of the entire world". Let me tell you," the cardinal declared energetically, "God has called us here in Florence against all adversity, against all difficulties, against all wars. And quoting La Pira again, the cardinal stressed the need to break down walls and build bridges between the Mediterranean peoples, to "unite what has been divided for centuries", to unite, in the name of human brotherhood, as the Pope stated in the Abu Dhabi document, to unite for peace.
Lastly, Cardinal Bassetti thanked the mayors and bishops for the "wonderful work" they have done in recent days that has given rise to the "Florence Charter", inviting them to take the document to their cities, schools, religious communities and parishes, to spread it, to disseminate it, but above all to embody it. For the Cardinal, this Charter is the testimony that there is a Mediterranean conscience, "it is a social pact, a pact of friendship". "The Florence Charter is truly a ray of sunshine at a time when all around us we hear the sound of weapons and there seems to be so much darkness.
The full text of Cardinal Bassetti's speech, published on the Italian Bishops' Conference website, recalls the sad definition that Pope Francis has repeatedly given of the Mediterranean Sea: "the largest cemetery in Europe". In recent years, thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives crossing this sea in search of a better life or fleeing a war," the cardinal remarked. "This dramatic emergency deeply challenges us as Christians and as human beings. We cannot remain indifferent to the great migratory flow that has been characterising the Mediterranean for some time now. We must therefore come to the rescue and help". For the president of the Italian Bishops' Conference, it is also necessary to see migration "not just as a problem but as a great opportunity. An opportunity to transform our cities into places of welcome and hospitality". But Cardinal Bassetti also highlighted the other emergency that is shaking the world, "the dramatic news and the even more disturbing images coming from Ukraine", which tell of a new "humanitarian tragedy". "My thoughts and prayers go out to all those people who are now in underground shelters and to those who are fleeing," confided Cardinal Bassetti, who launched an appeal "to all those who are fighting": "I would like to use the simple words of an old priest: please, I beg you, stop! In the name of God, no to war!"

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THE MAMT PEACE MUSEUM IS EQUIPPED WITH TACTILE REPRODUCTIONS FOR THE BLIND

Thanks to ten thousand euro made available by supporters, the Fondazione Mediterraneo, with the free contribution of volunteers and collaborators, has produced the first 10 plaques of tactile reproductions of works of art with Braille transcoding, enabling the most significant works to be enjoyed by blind and disabled people.
The Foundation's hope is that more substantial resources can be found to continue the elimination of sensory and cognitive barriers and to continue this action with the more than 2000 works of art in the museum.

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ANNIVERSARIES AT THE MUSEUM: REMEMBRANCE OF SISTER MARIA PIA GIUDICI ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

At the Museum of Peace - MAMT we remembered Sister Maria Pia Giudici on the second anniversary of her death. Pictures, poems, paintings, books, interviews and much more on the large video walls of the Museum recounted the long life of a religious who made the Gospel and love for Jesus the foundation of her existence.
President Michele Capasso was moved to tears as he recalled his long friendship with Sister Maria Pia and the example of a simple life in joy, well summed up in the film "MARIA PIA GIUDICI: THE JOY IN A SIMPLE LIFE".
In connection with the San Biagio House of Prayer (Subiaco) there was a touching moment of collective remembrance that ended with the intervention of Bishop Giovanni Giudici, Sister Maria Pia's nephew.
On this occasion the visits of Sister Maria Pia to the Don Bosco Museum and Chapel were recalled.

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ANNIVERSARIES AT THE MUSEUM: 124 YEARS SINCE THE BIRTH OF ANTONIO DE CURTIS (alias Totò)

Special visits today to the Museum of Peace - MAMT dedicated to the emotional journey "Antonio De Curtis prince poet". The occasion is the 124th anniversary of the birth of the great artist who left his mark on history. His granddaughter Elena remembers him thus:
"Today my grandfather would have been 124 years old and a question comes to mind: An adjective to describe your grandfather?
Answer: I would say that one adjective would not be enough to describe a basically complex and contradictory man. A lover of life, but a hypochondriac. Sensitive, empathetic, sincere, introverted, womanizer, romantic, misanthrope, thinker, curious, affectionate father, humble, shy, elegant, reserved, generous. In short, I would define him as a democratic prince (I borrow the definition given by Prof. Luigi Caramiello, which I would say fits him perfectly).
Totò aroused the "smile" as well as laughter. The smile is deeper and makes us reflect. He represents the oxymoron par excellence. His biography is a piece of sublime humour, completely voluntary, conscious, deliberate.
A beggar who was also a gentleman, a lazar who was also an aristocrat. He was everything and the opposite of everything. He represented the most authentic and profound character of his city. All the people loved him and continue to love him. Everyone recognises him as a brother, because he showed the nobles how much better the poor people could be, and he showed the "lazzari" how one can be noble in spirit and have the art of living like a true gentleman. Grandfather lived an authentic life and left traces that will remain impressed in our memory.
This reflection is the result of notes collected over time from newspapers and books, so I would like to thank all the Totoisti and give my grandfather a caress saying: I love you very much.

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AT THE PEACE MUSEUM THE CELEBRATIONS FOR THE MADONNA OF LOURDES

In the Don Bosco Chapel and in the other sacred places of the Museum celebrations of Our Lady of Lourdes on the anniversary of the apparition of 11 February 1858.
On the large video walls of the Museum there will be live connections with the Sanctuary for the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Holy Mass.

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