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Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on the occasion of the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. At the end of the celebration there was the passage of the symbols of the World Youth Days, the Cross and the copy of the Salus Populi Romani Icon, from the representation of Panamanian youth to Portuguese youth, for Gmg 2023 to be held in Lisbon: initially scheduled for 2022 and postponed for the pandemic.
"For years - explains the dicastery for the laity, family and life - the Cross and the Salus Populi Romani Icon have accompanied the preparations for the international editions of the Gmg: the delivery of symbols to the young people of the diocese that hosts the Day always took place at the end of the celebration of Palm Sunday presided over by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square. This tradition dates back to 1984 when, at the end of the Jubilee Year of the Redemption, Pope John Paul II entrusted young people with the Jubilee Cross, known today as the Cross of the Gmg, since then at the center of every international edition of the Days.
In 2003 the Holy Father also offered young people a copy of the Icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani, which supports the Cross in its pilgrimages around the world ". The Mediterranean Foundation and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation support
Gmg 2023.

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It was an honor for the Fondazione Mediterraneo and for the Anna LIndh Italy Federation (which groups more than a thousand organizations engaged in dialogue and solidarity) to participate in "The Economy of Francesco": the meeting with young economists wanted by the Holy Father, which took place from 19 to 21 November 2020.
Given the health emergency in the world caused by Covid-19, the organizing committee has decided to celebrate the international event entirely online, with live and streaming links with all members and speakers.
Pope Francis has sent an important video message.
The president of the Michele Capasso Foundation underlined the importance of the initiative and the confirmation of two concepts on which the Fondazione Mediterraneo was born thirty years ago, in 1990: "transforming Love for power into the Power of Love and acting with generosity through solidarity".
The next meeting, in person, will always be held in Assisi and is scheduled for autumn 2021, when health conditions will allow everyone to participate.
The organization of the The Economy of Francesco 2020 event in the online version allowed all young people registered to participate in the meeting in the same conditions, to share the lived experience, work, proposals, and reflections gained in recent months in the 12 villages.
The Committee is working to create an innovative, participatory and global follow-up that preserves the peculiar elements of "The Economy of Francesco" (group work, plenary and parallel sessions with keynote speakers, Franciscan spirituality, artistic performances, exhibitions) enriching it with the opportunities and languages ​​that the digital event offers.
"The Economy of Francesco" is a movement of young people with faces, personalities, ideas that moves and lives all over the world for a more just, inclusive and sustainable economy and to give a soul to the economy of tomorrow. The world needs the creativity and love of the participants who, as artisans and producers of the future, are weaving the Economy of Francis.
In the video message, the Pope stressed that the "Economy of Francis" meeting is not a point of arrival "but the initial thrust of a process" that we are invited to live "as a vocation, as a culture and as a pact".

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As part of a collaboration between UNESCO and the Musée, UNESCO launched in November 2019 a series of Master Classes for secondary-school students.
Conceived as spaces for dialogue, they aim to empower young people by strengthening their understanding and capacity to combat discrimination, intolerance, and growing inequalities, as well as promote sustainable impact by engaging youth to become proactive agents of change and trainers within their own schools and communities.
This special edition of UNESCO’s Master Classes against Racism and Discriminations is organized within the framework of World Philosophy Day. It invites young secondary school students to question the prejudices and social stereotypes that lead to racism and discrimination through the critical study of the construction of "the other".
The analysis of racism as a philosophical object will lead these students to deconstruct the concept of "race", decompose their preconceived ideas and adopt innovative anti-racist strategies that they can then implement in their institutions and communities.
In doing so, this Master Class will underline the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought for each individual and culture and will support us in the building of a more respectful and tolerant society through collectively exercising reasoned and informed thinking.

Agenda:

  • Introduction of the Master Class by Ms Anna Maria Majlöf, Chief a.i. Inclusion and Rights Section of UNESCO
  • Presentations and interactive discussions with students:
    • Mr Arnaud Demanche, Comedian
    • Prof. Carole Reynaud-Paligot, Historian, sociologist, University of Pantheon-Sorbonne 
    • Prof. Lazare Ki-Zerbo, Philosopher
    • Prof. Rose Boswell, Executive Dean of Arts at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
    • Mr Sanele Xaba, Activist and founder of the Rolled Sleeves Outreach Programme
    • Moderator: Ms Arleen Pimentel, Permanent Delegation of the Dominican Republic to UNESCO
  • Dialogue session to create commitments to be implemented in schools and communities (intervention by the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Federazione Anna Lindh Italia)
  • Closing remarks
  • Musical interludes by Ms Paloma Fayet 

Objectives of the Master Class:

  • Empower young people, through this peer-learning forum, by strengthening their understanding and capacity to combat racism and inequalities;
  • Shed light on what underlies issues of racial prejudice and discrimination, and understand how and why they are spread online and offline, in the media, in public space and in all spheres of life;
  • Engage youth to become proactive agents of change and trainers within their own schools, families and communities for a sustainable impact;
  • Inspire policymakers, at the global, national and local levels, community leaders and teachers, to pursue collective efforts in their fight against racism and discrimination.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo joined the event held in Djerba (Sidi Dhrif). A particular recognition to the team and to the young people of Béja, El Kef, Médenine, Sfax, et Tataouine for their involvement, dynamism and their fundamental contribution to the Forum organized by the Académie Politique and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

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