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 Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation participated in the international prayer meeting for peace on the theme "No one is saved alone. Peace and fraternity ", promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio.
On this occasion the "Appeal for peace" was signed by the participants.
President Michele Capasso, on the eve of the thirtieth anniversary of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, stressed "the importance of the meeting because precisely in this difficult moment due to the pandemic, it is essential to reaffirm the spirit of fraternity and union by considering us all together as brothers and sisters"

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The "Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the world" with the "Fondazione Mediterraneo" and the "National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise" commemorated Sister Maria Pia Giudici by placing a commemorative plaque in the Rifugio della Difesa where, for the last 15 years, Sister Maria Pia Judges with other Daughters of Mary Help of Christians stayed and wrote memorable pages in defense of nature and for the protection of the environment.
The president Capasso, moved, retraced the main stages of Sister Maria Pia's stays in the Park: meetings with young people from various countries, seminars on interreligious dialogue, outdoor Holy Masses and many other initiatives that have made these places a reference point for visitors from various countries.
On this occasion the film "MARIA PIA GIUDICI, JOY IN A SIMPLE LIFE" by Michele Capasso was screened

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The president Michele Capasso, the members of the Board of Directors and the International Scientific Committee, the heads of the Autonomous Sections of the Fondazione Mediterraneo express deep condolences for the death of Arrigo Levi, one of the founding members of the institution born in Naples in 1990. In particular, the President Capasso recalls the affectionate fraternal friendship with the great journalist:
“Arrigo is facing a new journey, leaving a great void in all of us. He was above all an affectionate friend and a builder of intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Thirty years ago he enthusiastically joined the Fondazione Mediterraneo - continues Capasso - making contributions of great significance and importance. As a Councilor at the Quirinale, how can we fail to remember his brief messages, always affectionate and sincere, after sending him my notes on the occasion of the visits of the President of the Republic Ciampi to the Mediterranean countries, where our Foundation and I first of all operated. Arrigo's meetings with Predrag (Matvejevic ') are memorable: two different "agnostics". Arrigo defined himself as a "non-believer who has faith in Man", while Predrag in nothingness.
When we set up the Foundation in 1990 - immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall - Arrigo was aware (and convinced all of us on this topic) that "the balance based on mutual fear between the two blocks had disappeared": he often warned us about "a possible atomic war capable of destroying the planet ”. This is why he strongly believed in dialogue between believers and non-believers, essentially with humanists: he often repeated "I don't believe in God, but I know that the word of God has changed man!".
Many were his stories of his life. As when in 1999 he accepted the invitation to participate in the meeting in San Giovanni in Laterano for interreligious dialogue and with irony he said: "I think I am the first Jew after St. Peter to speak in this place"

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