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.


On the occasion of the premiere of "AIDA" in Piazza del Plebiscito, President Michele Capasso met friends Jack Lang, Gilles Kepel and Laurent Burin des Roziers (Consul General of France in Naples).
"Great credit to Superintendent Lissner for bringing the work among the people - said President Capasso - by transforming Piazza del Plebiscito into an open-air theater".
An exceptional cast with Anna Pirozzi and Jonas Kaufmann directed by
Michele Mariotti.

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo supports and shares the document entitled "The Humana Communitas in the Pandemic era. Outdated reflections on the rebirth of life »: the second document - the first is from 30 March 2020 - which the Pontifical Academy for Life dedicates to the consequences of the global health crisis and its interpretation.

"In the suffering and death of so many people, we have learned the lesson of frailty," writes the text. The document underlines the importance of a change of pace: global efforts and a determined international cooperation are needed to face the challenge of a fairer and more just future, whose key words are better health care for all and vaccinations. "We still haven't paid enough attention, especially globally, to human interdependence and common vulnerability. The virus does not recognize borders, but countries have sealed their borders. Unlike other disasters, the pandemic has not affected all countries at the same time. Although this could have provided an opportunity to learn from the experiences and policies of other countries, the learning process globally was minimal. Indeed, some countries have sometimes engaged in a cynical game of mutual accusation".

"The Covid-19 phenomenon is not only the result of natural events. What happens in nature is already the result of a complex interaction with the human world of economic choices and development models, themselves "infected" with a different "virus" of our creation: this virus is the result, rather than the cause, of financial greed, of complacency towards lifestyles defined by consumption and excess. We have built an ethos of prevarication and contempt for what is given to us in the primordial promise of creation. For this reason, we are called to reconsider our relationship with the natural habitat. To recognize that we live on this earth as administrators, not as masters and lords". However «When compared to the difficulties of poor countries, especially in the so-called Global South, the troubles of the" developed "world appear rather like a luxury: only in rich countries people can afford to comply with safety requirements. In the less fortunate ones, on the other hand, "physical distancing" is simply impossible because of tragic needs and circumstances: crowded environments and impracticability of sustainable distancing constitute an insurmountable obstacle for entire populations. The contrast between the two situations highlights a strident paradox, which, once again, tells the story of the disproportionate well-being between rich and poor countries".

The crisis showed the possibilities and limitations of models focused on hospital care: "Of course, in all countries, the common good of public health must be balanced in relation to economic interests" and nursing homes and the elderly have been hard hit. It should also be added that "Ethical discussions on the allocation of resources were mainly based on utilitarian considerations, without paying attention to the most vulnerable people and those exposed to the most serious risks. In most countries, the role of general practitioners has been ignored, while for many, they are the first point of contact with the care system. The result has been an increase in deaths and disabilities caused by causes other than Covid-19 ".

The response that must be given to the Covid-19 pandemic cannot be reduced on an organizational-managerial level. Rereading the crisis through, the text highlights how much we can learn on a deeper level. The fragility, finiteness and vulnerability in which all human beings have found themselves united urge us to a conversion that includes and elaborates existentially and socially the experience of loss, as a constitutive part of the human condition. Only starting from this awareness will it be possible to involve the conscience and a conversion that allows us to feel responsibly in solidarity in a global fraternity (cf. Pope Francis, Humana communitas, 6 January 2019).

Academics Contributed to the drafting of the text, prof. Roberto Dell'Oro, prof. Stefano Semplici, prof. Henk ten Have

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Dozens of religious leaders from all over the world discussed on July 21 in a webinar promoted by ICESCO (Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), in collaboration with WMCC (World Muslim Communities Council) and the MWL (Muslim World League).
The Fondazione Mediterraneo is alongside COREIS in this process.
The theme, "Role of religious leaderships in the face of crises: towards a global moral solidarity of religious leaderships", allowed to take stock of which humanitarian initiatives to carry out in the educational and socio-cultural area in the Islamic world to counter the crisis caused by the pandemic.
It was thus an opportunity to take stock of a series of projects promoted in the Islamic world in recent years, including the "Initiative of the Guardian of the two holy mosques for dialogue between followers of religions and cultures and its executive plan" , the "Charter of Mecca", the "Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in the Islamic World", the "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Coexistence", the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the "ICESCO-Vatican Declaration on promoting the culture of respect and human solidarity", issued in Buenos Aires.
In addition to authoritative institutional representatives from several countries in the Islamic world (including for example Morocco, Sudan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Caucasus, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Singapore, Tchad etc ...), Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, director of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and rav. David Rosen, director of the American Jewish Committee's Department for Interreligious Dialogue.
Among the speakers of the webinar

  • Marshal Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad
  • Mohamed Mokhtar, Egypt's Awqaf minister
  • Mohamed El Mahrasawi, president of Al Azhar University
  • Al-Qadi Mohamed Abdessalam, Secretary General of the Human Brotherhood Committee
  • Faisal Al-Muaammar, KAICIID Secretary General, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
  • Allahshükür Pashazade, mufti of the Caucasus and Azerbaijan

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During a meeting at the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, the president Michele Capasso met the president of the "Fondazione Europa Mezzogiorno Mediterraneo" Mario Oliverio, accompanied by Adriana Toman and a delegation.
On this occasion, the main stages of the collaboration between the two Foundations since 2005 have been retraced and a calendar of initiatives to be implemented has been prepared.
These include the videos "Calabria of emotions" (an integral part of the Peace Museum - MAMT), the construction of the monumental work "Totem for Peace" in Calabria, seminars and events on dialogue or after the pandemic and other initiatives.  

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President Michele Capasso participated in the seminar moderated by François Delerue, Cyber defense and international law researcher at the Strategic Research Institute of the Ecole Militaire, France.
The other speakers:

  • Papa Assane TOURE, Magistrate, Deputy Secretary General of the Government, Senegal.
  • Alexander SEGER, Head of Division, Cybercrime Program Office, Council of Europe.
  • Sidi RALIOU, Director of Digital Economy at the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and of the Digital Economy, Niger.
  • Layla EZZOUINE, Head of the Service for Combating Crime Related to New Technologies at the Directorate of the Judicial Police of Morocco.
  • Issa Saferiba FAYAMA, Magistrate, Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Justice, Burkina Faso.

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