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Great influx of links and contacts on the multimedia platform of the Museum of Peace - MAMT for the centenary of the birth of Mario Pomilio.
The president Michele Capasso, in connection, collected various testimonies and recalled the friendship between the writer and his paternal uncle Celestino Capasso.
Writer and essayist Mario Pomilio (who died in 1990) wrote famous works such as "La compromissione" (winner of the Campiello Prize in 1965), "Il quinto evangelio" and "Il Natale del 1833", in which he plumbs the spiritual travail of Alessandro Manzoni ( Strega Award in 1983)."He approached religious reflection in the course of his life. His Christianity was very much filtered by the Enlightenment and by reason", his daughter Annalisa told of him in an interview with "Famiglia Cristiana" in 2015 which we propose here.

A clear, vivid image resurfaces from the ocean of memories. "It's 1983: we are at the seaside in Baia Domizia, in my parents' house", says Annalisa Pomilio. "We are sitting in front of a small black and white television to watch the Strega Award ceremony live." That year, in fact, the jury crowned Mario Pomilio, his father, author of Il Natale del 1833. A novel of strong impact, challenging from the thematic point of view, a challenge from a stylistic point of view: following the Manzoni form of the mixed composition of real documents and invention, historical reconstruction and fiction, Pomilio plumbs the human and spiritual travail of Alessandro Manzoni starting from Il Natale del 1833, a fragment of an interrupted poem resulting from the pain of the death of his first wife, Enrichetta Blondel. The writer's anger at God, the outburst of a Christian man who, in the face of suffering, does not deny his faith but wonders why God can allow evil in the world. A reflection particularly dear to Pomilio.
«Dad came from a particular family», Annalisa recalls, «his mother was an extremely religious woman, his father was a socialist, atheist. Dad absorbed both souls of his parents into his personality. In his youth he was far from Christian themes. He then approached faith and religious reflection over the years and over his life. Surely his Christianity was very much filtered by the Enlightenment and by reason, he was a faith with a strong rational component, just like Alessandro Manzoni's faith was. Dad deeply felt the theme of human suffering as his own: it is emblematic that he wrote Christmas of 1833 when for some years he had been fighting against a very painful disease, rheumatoid arthritis, which caused him enormous suffering and at a certain point did not allow him more than writing. Christmas was born in a period of remission of the disease, in which arthritis had granted him a little peace".

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Great influx of links and contacts on the multimedia platform of the Museum of Peace - MAMT for the centenary of the birth of Turi Ferro.
President Michele Capasso, in connection with the City of Catania, recalled the "great Sicilian actor naturally linked to the great authors of his Sicily".
Turi Ferro, whose 100th anniversary of his birth on 10 January and 11 May will be the winds of his death in 2001, was above all Pirandello in an exemplary way, managing to bring together, in the ambiguity typical of the great playwright's poetics, his well-known comic qualities with high and dramatic ones playing on times and pauses.
"Usually an actor, during breaks, makes it clear that he is reflecting on a line. Turi did and gave more, an added value - Andrea Camilleri testified - he inserted in his acting certain absolutely comic pauses in a dramatic context, he brought irony, modifying the direction, like any real actor ".

A complete actor, capable of giving life to characters who must arouse laughter, how to move with suffering, to act in Italian as in the Sicilian language, he was also an important character who certainly contributed to the construction of the modern identity of his city, Catania , making the authors and traditional and contemporary texts love, from Verga to Sciascia, but above all creating in 1958 with the best actors of the region, Rosina Anselmi, Michele Abbruzzo, Umberto Spadaro, that cultural center that is still the Teatro Stabile, of which it has been the symbol and soul for over 40 years. And it is the Stabile itself that promotes and coordinates the celebrations for this centenary, with shows, exhibitions, publications, which have been stopped for now by the pandemic.
His skill meant that an actor with natural talent appeared, instinctively, while he was a true professional and each character cost him effort, it was the result of a demanding job always spurred on by questions and doubts in deconstructing and then reconstructing a text, a part. Only then did the literary word find the measure of fiction, that intrinsic musicality that made it a body, turning out to be true, as happens with true art. Born in Catania in the last days of 1920 but registered on January 10, 1921, Salvatore Ferro, known as Turi, begins to act very young, at the Coppola theater in Catania, in the amateur dramatics company, directed by his father Guglielmo Ferro and alongside another Guglielmo , his son, who bears the name of his grandfather, will end his career by having him sign the direction of his latest shows, including a Shakespeare's' Storm 'in which by now eighty was a magical Prospero, a show told in a docufilm by Daniele Gonciaruk' Turi Ferro - The last Prospero 'who extends the investigation to the entire personality of the actor.

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Great influx of links and contacts on the multimedia platform of the Museum of Peace - MAMT for the centenary of the birth of Leonardo Sciascia.
There is no emphasis on calling him one of the greatest and most influential Italian intellectuals of the twentieth century. "Probably the only figure that can be approached to Sciascia, despite the evident and very profound differences due to the impact on the cultural and political debate and the extraordinary ability to interpret his contemporaneity, is that of Pier Paolo Pasolini" said the president Michele Capasso in the room where the great writer's books and documents are kept. It is no coincidence that Pasolini himself became aware of Sciascia's talent right from his debut in the post-war period, with the Fables of the Dictatorship, in which a ferocious political satire was already revealed behind the stylistic code of Aesopian fables.
Beyond the civil passion, a trait that unites the two great authors is versatility: Sciascia was a writer, playwright, essayist, journalist, teacher, poet and even politician, first independent in the ranks of the Communist Party (from which he left because he did not share the line of the "historical compromise") and then for the Radical Party, of which he shared the great guarantee battles.

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This morning a large influx of visitors and students, especially from elementary and middle schools, on the multimedia platforms and social channels of the Museum of Peace - MAMT to celebrate the “224th anniversary of the birth of the tricolor flag”. Videos, images and documents - since the first presentation of the tricolor in Genoa in 1789 - have involved young visitors. There are many connections, in particular with the city of Reggio Emilia for the main celebrations in that city.

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President Capasso and the Foundation's Board of Directors expressed their disdain for the serious attack on democracy that took place in the Parliament of the United States of America. "The images coming from Washington are very serious" said President Capasso.
When we created the Fondazione Mediterraneo 30 years ago, we indicated in Parliament the "temple" of democratic values ​​because Parliament itself is a temple of democracy: it is sad and worrying to see it attacked by many people fomented by a man, Donald Trump, who still holds the most prestigious position in the nation, that of president of the United States.
Now, even, he is shot inside Capitol Hill with some dead! It will be difficult to heal America's deep wounds: the best energies in the country will be needed. We always say that democracy should never be taken for granted, that it must be defended and respected in the first place by those who hold institutional roles. What is happening is a warning and a warning. For all of us.
Great sorrow for America and the Americans ”.

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