ANNIVERSARY AT THE MUSEUM: 100 YEARS FROM THE BIRTH OF GIOVANNI PAOLO II

The thirteenth of anniversaries is dedicated to the thirtieth anniversary of the birth of San Giovanni Palo II.
The anniversary coincides with the partial reopening of the Museum after the quarantine due to the covid 19 pandemic.
At 7 am, in full compliance with the security measures, some faithful and visitors followed the Holy Mass celebrated in high definition on the big screens by Pope Francis from the altar placed on the tomb of St. Giovanni Palo II.
In the homily, the Pope recalled three of the qualities of Giovanni Palo II: prayer, closeness and justice-mercy.
Many students connected on the museum's multimedia portal where - in the section "The great protagonists of history" - videos, images and documents on St. Giovanni Palo II are available.
The chapel dedicated to him in the museum collects finds, testimonies, interviews and curiosities.
On this occasion, the interviews and all the video material on the much loved Pope are repeated.
President Michele Capasso recalled the friendship between President Pertini and Pope Giovanni Palo II as well as the meetings he had at the beginning of the Foundation's activity.
There are also some letters sent to the Pope by members of the Foundation and, in particular, by the late president of the international committee Predrag
Matvejevic’.

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"TO YOU", THE SWEET CARESS OF POPE FRANCIS FROM CASA SANTA MARTA

"To You": it is the sweet morning caress of Pope Francis when he elevates the offering of Bread and Wine to the Father. With a sweet and severe tone at the same time, the Pope encapsulates in two words, in only two vowels and one consonant, the pain and hopes of the world. At the end of the celebration, Adoration to the Holy Father Sacrament of the Holy Father opens everyone's deepest reflections to adoring silence.
The Museum Of Peace - MAMT continues its activity remotely and on digital platforms offers all the Holy Masses and Homilies of the Holy Father: to "Do not forget" and to understand the greatness and humility of Pope Francis.
Note the Pope's Easter message addressed to Europe.

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50th WORLD EARTH DAY

The Fondazione Mediterraneo and the Museum of Peace - MAMT celebrated the "50th World Earth Day" via the web and with numerous initiatives: video conferences, links, chats and - above all - sending 1,000 copies of the volume "This good land of ours" published in 2014 by the Foundation and written by Sister Maria Pia Giudici, disappeared on 20.02.2020 just on the day the coronavirus spread in Italy.
Through high-quality multimedia videos, a gift of the World Heritage Museum, it was possible to make a virtual journey across the 5 continents, giving voice to the peoples who daily guard our common home, living and fighting for the protection and recognition of rights of every people in every corner of the Earth.
In a world too often crushed by the European interpretation of the environment and its functions, the commitment of organizations and realities emerges which, by establishing positive relationships with nature, protect the original peoples who have always preserved the lung of the earth. They fight together with those who daily commit themselves to service and to promote conservation, of the Amazonian forests or of the Congo forest.
Taking care of these peoples means taking care of the entire ecosystem, of the world, of our common home.
The interrelation between the peoples of the earth is clear, the interdependence that makes us protagonists of a common destiny, which depends on the actions of men and women from every corner of the planet. With delicate ferocity, current events reveal the subtle but constant bond that makes us all part and architects of the future of our planet.
One people sharing one planet.
The virtual journey of the Museum of Peace - MAMT allows us to listen to those who daily protect the earth to protect each of us.
President Michele Capasso retraced the steps of his commitment to the land: at the age of 16, on April 22, 1970, he participated in the first edition of the world day. A commitment that for half a century has seen it spread, by all means, the alarm on the conditions of our common home, as evidenced by hundreds of reports and publications.
As I remember for Sister Maria Pia Giudici below the preface by the President Michele Capasso to the volume "This good land of ours"
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THE NEAPOLITAN EDITORIAL OF "LA REPUBBLICA" CELEBRATES THE THIRTY YEARS

"On April 18, 1990 the Neapolitan editorial staff of "La Repubblica" was born.
On 9 May 1990 the "Fondazione Mediterraneo" was born in Naples.
Thirty years together.
An opportunity to recognize the value of independent, free, responsible information. An opportunity to tell a challenge for the Euro-Mediterranean partnership when nobody spoke or dealt with the Mediterranean and few supported the urgency of reaching the "United States of Europe": the Foundation immediately worked to develop a sensitivity for a effective integration between the two shores of Our Sea ".
These are the words of a message sent by President Michele Capasso to Ottavio Ragone, head of the Neapolitan editorial staff of "La Repubblica", also on behalf of the members of the Foundation, the representatives of the participating networks and the coordinators of the offices in the various countries.

"The two anniversaries - reads the message - occur in a difficult moment in world history, characterized by the health emergency due to the" crown virus "pandemic and by a paradox: the" cure "of this" disease "is exactly specular to our very "social disease" itself. We have been "affected" by our own disease of living, which has led us here: we are "united" if we isolate ourselves; it is the amplification of the desert that we created and built.
Thirty years ago the slogan of the Fondazione Mediterraneo was "All together to transform love for power into the power of love". Today it is still powerfully current - concludes President Capasso - and examples such as the Neapolitan editorial staff of "La Repubblica" are fundamental to ensuring "clean journalism" a leading role in the difficult process of reconstruction by assigning the complex generations of hunters to the younger generations of the positive and producers of our future ".

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AT THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM: INTERNATIONAL SPORT DAY AT THE SERVICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

The Museum of Peace - MAMT, with its multimedia platforms, hosted the "International Sports Day for Development and Peace" which this year underlines the need to remain active despite the implementation of containment measures in many countries at the to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. It reminds us of the importance of values ​​such as solidarity, community and team spirit.
As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect more and more countries at an increasingly alarming rate, "social distancing" practices are becoming commonplace in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. They have closed gyms, sports facilities and stadiums, public swimming pools, dance studios and playgrounds in many countries of the world, which means that many of us are no longer able to actively participate in individual or group sports or physical activities or to watch live sporting events. These new measures, although necessary, now represent significant challenges for the entire world sports community.
The "International Sports Day for Development and Peace" wants to encourage us this year to remain physically active despite the containment measures. This is an opportunity to remind us that we must not break off contact with our coaches, teammates or instructors, who can help us not only to stay in good physical shape, but also to maintain social ties.
The World Health Organization (WHO) typically recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of sustained physical activity per week or a combination of both. Given the current situation, the WHO has given some advice on how to do it even without equipment and in a limited space. There are also a multitude of free and accessible online tools designed to encourage people of all ages and physical abilities to stay active and mobile even at home!
"Sport has the power to change the world, bring people together in an almost unique way and create hope where there was only despair," said Nelson Mandela. It is not only a fundamental right, but also a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and promote peace, as well as solidarity and respect. Sport is also essential for sustainable development because it allows us to live a healthy life and promote the well-being of all, at all ages, as underlined by objective 3 of sustainable development "Good health and well-being", highlighted by the United Nations during the month of April.
However, sport can help us maintain good health even in this confinement period. Thanks to new technologies, our unique individual skills and our collective power, we can mobilize online, use our creativity to help us and share useful tips to improve our health and well-being, through sport and physical activity also from our homes .
Before, during and after April 6, International Sports Day for Development and Peace, we ask everyone to commit themselves to remain active despite the various restrictions in place and to show solidarity during this period. One of the things we learn most through sport is team play. We now have the opportunity and duty to put it into practice on a global scale, doing our part to stay healthy.
"Only together can we stop the spread of COVID-19" said President
Capasso.

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AT THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM: THE XXXV WORLD YOUTH DAY 2020

The "Virtual Museum" initiative continues. The Museum of Peace - MAMT hosted on its multimedia platforms the XXXVa World Youth Day 2020 ". Videos, hymns, testimonies on the great event that will see young people from all over the world gathered in Lisbon in 2022 after Panama.
All the messages of the succeeding Popes have been proposed: Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis
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THE HOLY MASSES OF POPE FRANCIS FROM CASA SANTA MARTA

In this difficult moment of the world pandemic, Pope Francis did not want to miss his closeness to the whole world. With great intimacy and tenderness, every morning from Casa Santa Marta celebrates the Holy Mass which is broadcast live.
The Museum of Peace - MAMT, continuing its activity on digital platforms, wanted to disseminate and gather monthly all the celebrations and the main moments of prayer of the Holy Father.
Of great emotion the Our Father, the prayer in deserted St. Peter's Square and the many Homilies
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EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT OF PRAYER OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

As stated by himself at the Angelus on March 22, 2020, in this time of emergency for humanity, the Holy Father Francis invited Catholics from all over the world to join spiritually in prayer with him today on Friday March 27 at 6.00 pm.
The Holy Father's prayer was followed live through the media and ended with the Eucharistic blessing imparted "Urbi et orbi" through the media.
All those who spiritually joined this moment of prayer through the media were granted plenary indulgence according to the conditions laid down in the recent decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary
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WORLD WATER DAY

Despite the worldwide blockade caused by the "Corona virus", the Mediterranean Foundation and the Museum of Peace - MAMT - through multimedia systems, portals and social networks - celebrated World Water Day with a large community, established by the United Nations in 1992.
The theme of the 2020 edition of the "Day" is the profound link between water and climate change. The goal is to raise awareness of world institutions and public opinion on the importance of reducing water waste and adopting behaviors aimed at tackling climate change.
Climate change, in fact, increases the variability of the water cycle, causing extreme weather events, affecting the quality of the water, threatening sustainable development and biodiversity worldwide. Not only that, the ever increasing demand for water leads to a consequent increase in the need for energy-intensive treatments; in addition, some measures to mitigate climate change, such as the extensive use of biofuels, can further exacerbate the scarcity of water. This is why an integrated approach to climate change and water management must be adopted worldwide as soon as possible. In fact, if you want to create a sustainable future, the management of water resources must be examined through a climate resilience objective.
President Michele Capasso underlined the importance of reflecting on the pandemic of the virus crown to return to protect and safeguard our "common home" and the main resources: first of all water
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AT THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM: WORLD POETRY DAY

The Museum of Peace - MAMT has organized the "World Poetry Day" on its multimedia platform, at this very difficult time for everyone.
Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by showing that people all over the world share the same questions and the same feelings. Poetry is the backbone of oral tradition and, over the centuries, has shown how it can communicate the deepest values ​​of different cultures.
In celebrating World Poetry Day on March 21, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) recognizes the unique ability of poetry to reflect the creative spirit of individuals.
One of the main objectives of the day is to support the linguistic and cultural diversity of our societies through poetic expression and to offer languages ​​that risk disappearing the possibility of being listened to within their communities.
The celebration of World Poetry Day also aims to:

  • encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals;
  • promote the teaching of poetry;
  • re-establish a dialogue between it and other arts such as theater, dance, music and painting;
  • support small publishers;
  • create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry is no longer considered as an obsolete art form, but which allows society as a whole to find and affirm its own identity.

CONTEXT
Celebrated on March 21 of each year, the World Poetry Day pays tribute to one of the most ancient and precious forms of expression and to the cultural and linguistic identities of humanity. Practiced throughout history - in every culture and every continent - poetry speaks to our humanity and our common values, transforming the simplest poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.
The decision to proclaim World Poetry Day on March 21 was first adopted in 1999, on the occasion of the 30th session of UNESCO in Paris. The primary objective is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increase the chances of languages ​​at risk of being heard.
World Poetry Day is an opportunity to honor the authors of poetry and to promote and practice reading, writing and teaching poetry, in particular by giving it greater visibility in the media. Poetry continues to bring people together across continents and generations.

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