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 supports, shares and disseminates the "Save the fraternity" appeal written by a group of theologians and theologians summoned by Mons. Vincenzo Paglia and Mons. Pierangelo Sequeri. It is an appeal to the Church in all its components, and to the wise men and women of good will.
It is an appeal to be confronted with, not simply an analysis to be accepted or rejected. It is not a "directory" of theses to which one is asked to adhere, but a "repertoire" of themes on which it seems decisive to reflect and discuss.
The appeal stems directly from the provocation of the encyclical of Pope Francis Fratelli tutti. The proposal is to gather the profound meaning of this definitive provocation - addressed to a Church urged to open up and to a world tempted to close itself - by inaugurating the climate of an "intellectual fraternity" that rehabilitates the high sense of "intellectual service" of which the professionals of the culture - theological and non-theological - are indebted to the community.
President Capasso congratulated the authors of the document

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo co-organized the "Programming Peace in the Mediterranean" event with the ACLI and the Consulate of the Tunisian Republic in Naples.
Of particular significance was the speech by President Capasso who summarized 30 years of the Foundation for diaolgo and lapace and, in particular, the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD program.

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After a year of absence due to Covid 19, the international jury of the "Mare Nostrum Award" met in Naples: the Award established eleven years ago by the Grimaldi Group.
On this occasion, the president Michele Capasso - member of the jury chaired by Bruno Vespa, present at the proceedings - underlined the importance of the Award in restoring confidence in a region - the Mediterranean - especially after the pandemic.
President Capasso underlined the importance of having shared the quality candidacies within the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD program with the "Ways of the Sea" at the center as a World Heritage Site.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo participated in the international conference organized by the ISPI webinar. On this occasion, President Michele Capasso recalled the actions of the Fondazione Mediterraneo in favor of Algeria since 1995 and the thematic forums dedicated to the Mediterranean country: an action recognized by Algerian leaders.
In particular, the visit of the then Algerian Foreign Minister Bedjaoui to the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo was highlighted.

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