Maison de la Paix || Casa Universale delle Culture (EN)



The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture is a place strongly representative, in which will convey the knowledge of the different identities and cultures, structuring permanently initiatives aimed at the spreading of peace, necessary for the shared development.

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture (MdP) is a project conceived by Michele Capasso, approved by many Countries and international organizations. It is an architecture that keeps the memory of many Peace activities which created history, often more than the wars, but it is – above all – a space "to build” Peace.

The architectonical complex has an important symbolic worth: it represents the Countries of the World engaged in the Peace process and the Countries victim of the conflicts.

Proposed by the Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Maison des Alliances – together with the main adherent organizations, such as the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the League of Arab States, the "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and others, the MdP represents a referent point for all the ones who dedicate their lives to peace.

The symbol of the MdP is the "Totem for Peace", an artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is promoting all around the world, creating the network of the "Cities for Peace".

The first seat of the MdP was inaugurated on the 14th of June 2010 (Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture) in the historical building of the Grand Hotel de Londres in Naples.

The action of the Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture aims at improving the main activities of the "Universal Forum of Cultures" in: Barcelona (2004), Monterrey (2007), Valparaiso (2010) and Naples (2013).

The Maison de la Paix performs most of the initiatives jointly with the Maison de la Méditerranée.


The award ceremony for the winners of the XVI Edition of the Mare Nostrum Awards International Journalism Prize, organised by Grimaldi Magazine Mare Nostrum and sponsored by the National Order of Journalists and the United States of the World, was held yesterday evening at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the institutional, academic, information and shipping worlds.
The international jury of the Prize, chaired by journalist Bruno Vespa and composed of important personalities from the world of culture and journalism - including the Secretary General of the United States of the World Michele Capasso - decreed the following winners:

  • Diego Casali for the article "Motorways of the sea to the digitalisation test" published in QN - Quotidiano Nazionale - Speciale Mobilità
  • Meriem Khdimallah for the article "Femmes marins: Prévenir et combattre la violence et le harcèlement dans le secteur maritime", published in La Presse de Tunisie
  • Federico Fubini for the article 'In the Suez funnel, Houthi-West 1 to 0. The Costs for the Mediterranean", published in L'Economia - Corriere della Sera
  • The MBC - Servicios Audiovisuales editorial staff of the Spanish TV programme "Curiosity" for the episode "La Naturaleza se abre paso", broadcast on the national network RTVE
  • Fausto Biloslavo for the multimedia reportage in the Red Sea for freedom of navigation from Mare Nostrum published in Il Giornale and Panorama.

The "Cavaliere del Lavoro Guido Grimaldi" special prize, established by the Grimaldi family in memory of the founder of the Grimaldi Group, was awarded to journalist Roberto D'Antonio.
Secretary-General Michele Capasso, in presenting the award to Fausto Biloslavo, said he was moved by his familiarity with the war journalist since his time in the former Yugoslavia.

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The book "Fondamenti di Arte Drammatica" (Fundamentals of Dramatic Art) by Valentina Minopoli was presented in the historical Sala della Loggia of the Maschio Angioino. An event celebrating the art of drama and its fundamentals, organised by the Acli Beni Culturali, the Fondazione Mediterraneo, the Fondazione Ad Astra, the Associazione Filitalia International, 'O 'Nciucio and Partenope, under the patronage of the Regional Council of Campania and the City of Naples.
The event was attended by leading personalities from the cultural and institutional scene, including Enza Amato, President of the Naples City Council; Franco Picarone, President of the Budget Committee of the Campania Regional Council; Pasquale Gallifuoco, President of Acli Beni Culturali; Laura Varriale, Leonardo da Vinci Institute; Demetrio Salvi, BCT Academy of Benevento; Michele Capasso, Fodazione Mediterraneo and MAMT Museum of Peace ; Michela Mortella, Filitalia International chapter Naples; and Domenico Capasso, Pianist.
The event was moderated by Melania Michelino.
"Fundamentals of Dramatic Art" is a comprehensive and accessible guide for anyone wishing to delve into the world of theatre, from its basic principles to its most advanced techniques. It is a valuable work for students, enthusiasts and professionals, offering a complete overview of this fascinating universe.
The presentation was an opportunity to celebrate the magic of theatre and to pay homage to a great Neapolitan artist: Tommaso Bianco. The organising bodies and organisations will dedicate a plaque to Bianco for his invaluable contribution to Italian theatre and cinema.
On this special occasion, the organising bodies and organisations have dedicated a plaque to the Neapolitan actor Tommaso Bianco, who embodied the essence of the real Naples through his commitment to the promotion of Neapolitan traditions, becoming a source of inspiration for the entire city. This award is a tribute to his invaluable contribution to Italian theatre and cinema.

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It has certainly changed the history of the G7, the presence of Pope Francis in Fasano di Puglia, but perhaps also that of the pontificate: the first non-European Pope in the assembly of the so-called Greats of the Western world. And at the moment of greatest crisis, with two wars - among the many - of global scope underway, both at the centre of an incessant preaching of peace accompanied by the most intense diplomatic action implemented by the Holy See in recent times.
"It is my birthday," said the Secretary-General of the United States of the World, Michele Capasso, who was present in Puglia, "just as Chancellor Sholtz and the American flag (born in 1777) are celebrating today: the presence of Pope Francis is the most beautiful gift.
For Pope Francis's G7 no chair was prepared, but only a chair at the common working table, and on an assigned topic, Artificial Intelligence, important and perhaps decisive for the future, but still of a limited nature.
It was therefore not a usual condition, but Francis went further, to the point of transforming the event into a symbolic turning point: the pope not seated on any podium, but seated side by side with the "powerful", ready to pay their due homage, even to the point of standing in line for an audience lasting only a few minutes. A manner not taken for granted by the rulers of a time that, although deeply marked by secularisation, continues to express the need for confrontation, if not guidance, on the essential questions not only of politics but of life as a whole.
By participating in the G7, Francis initiated a process of his own, paving the way for what can be called, an outgoing pontificate.
There too a crucial theme of this time and of the pontificate, the centrality of the Mediterranean and the drama of migrations that are turning it into a "cold cemetery without tombstones". There too a symbolic theme of the existential peripheries from which, Francis said, reality can be observed better and deeper. At the G7 in Apulia, there was the need to rush to the bedside of a real 'field hospital', with wards that may be fully equipped but are incapable of providing the relief that humanity demands above all in terms of peace and social justice. In the end, Francis' G7 was a great act of generosity and cordial openness to the world. The specific theme of Artificial Intelligence, for which the Pope was called to the summit, also fits into this perspective, showing a Church capable of facing with an open face, with courage and humility, the increasingly demanding challenges that the future poses.

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The G7 Summit was held in the town of Fasano in Apulia from 13 to 15 June 2024. The event was attended by the Heads of State and Government of the seven Member States, in addition to the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission representing the European Union.
As is tradition, representatives of some States and international organisations invited by the country holding the presidency also took part in the work.
The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and Secretary-General of the United States of the World Prof. Michele Capasso participated as an observer, as has been the case since the beginning of the Summits, producing a "Chronicle of the G/" published in various countries.
For the first time, this G/ Summit was attended by a Pontiff: Pope Francesco.

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