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.


A day in memory of prof. Corrado Beguinot, protagonist of urban renewal and theories on the wired city,was held in Naples, in the Aula Magna of the “Secondo Policlinico”. President Capasso recalled the fraternal friend who has collaborated with the Fondazione Mediterraneo since becoming a founding member and, together with the late Vittorio di Pace, author of the interethnic city's project.

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Zico was a Moroccan clochard: his real name is Abderrazzak Hatime. Fifty years of age, many spent in Naples.
Saturday night, January 12, he and his friends are drunk, he is the victim of a fight between them and in the end he is killed with a knife.
A great displeasure for a mild man.

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It is the first time in the history of the entire Middle East that a Muslim mosque and a Christian cathedral are built and inaugurated on the same day. It happened in the new administrative capital of Egypt, in a land where the Christian community unfortunately continues to be targeted by Islamic fundamentalism.
Pope Tawadros II: "Today we celebrate an unprecedented occasion where the minarets of the Mosque embrace those of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, opening a new horizon for our beloved country".
An important day of national unity. This is what Egypt experienced yesterday during the inauguration in the new administrative capital, the largest mosque in the country and the largest Christian Basilica in the Middle East dedicated to the Nativity of Christ. It is the first time in the history of this ancient land that two places of worship, Christian and Muslim, were inaugurated on the same day. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi participated in both ceremonies, accompanied by Palestinian President Abu Mazen, Al-Azhar's Grand Imam, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb, and the Copt Orthodox head, Tawadros II.
The mosque and the Coptic cathedral were inaugurated during a ceremony that took place in the congress center of the new administrative capital. The Egyptian president al-Sisi asked those present to respect a minute's silence for the police officer who died two days ago in an attempt to defuse a bomb that had been placed in a church on the eastern outskirts of Cairo. So this year, too, the Coptic Church celebrated Christmas last night with strengthened security measures. At the opening ceremony, video messages of Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, patriarch of the Maronite Church, and of the Greek Patriarch Melchita Youssef Absi were shown. Pope Francis also sent a greeting message. "The Prince of Peace gives the gift of peace and prosperity to Egypt, the Middle East and to the whole world". This is the wish of Francis, who addressed a "special" greeting to my dear brother His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and to the dear Orthodox Coptic Church".
After the inauguration ceremony, the president al-Sisi, accompanied by the great imam of al-Azhar and the Coptic Pope, went to the new mosque.
"This is an important day for Egypt and for the world because we see this country writing a new page in the history of civilization," President Capasso said.
Tawadros II in his greeting said: "Today we celebrate an unprecedented occasion where the minarets of the Mosque embrace those of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, opening a new horizon for our beloved country on this happy occasion. "We pray for the unity of our country".

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On the occasion of the celebration of the "52nd WORLD DAY OF PEACE", the Holy Father Francis sent a message on the theme "Good politics is at the service of peace".
The president of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella sent a message.
On the same theme, the president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso expressed his message for the new year.

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