Cordoba, 26th August 2017: A new monument was inaugurated in a city park, along with 750 young people from different parts of the city, during an event where games and activities were carried out to promote play as a tool to build peace.
On Saturday morning, Parque de las Naciones (the Park of Nations), in Cordoba, was crowded with children who celebrated together the Children’s Day, in the framework of the inauguration of the Die of Peace. The music, the games, and the spirit of sharing and spreading peace, enchanted the park audience and left as a mark a rotating die that invites all the inhabitants of the city to turn it around and put into practice the phrases it proposes.
The Focolare Movement, the Office of the Ombudsman for the Rights of Children and Adolescents of the Province of Cordoba, Living Peace International, and COMIPAZ (Interreligious Committee for Peace), together with other organizations and public and private bodies, are promoting this peace project in all spheres of society through play and education.
From September 17 to 25, 2017, in Madaba, a city about 45km away from Amman, Jordan's capital city, the Youth World Peace Forum will take place, with the participation of hundreds of young peace-makers from all over the world.
Madaba is the old Biblical city of Medeba, which stood along the Via Regia, the old major road leading from Egypt through Sinai and then Aqaba up to Damascus and the Euphrates river, along which the caravans of merchants transported precious goods, like spices and incense, and Christian and Muslim pilgrims walked a long distance to reach their sacred places.
Madaba is also known as the "City of Mosaics" because of the works of art which decorated it during the Byzantine period, from the fifth century AD onwards, i.e. since it has become a bishopric.
After Cairo in Egypt and Florianopolis in Brazil, Madaba will be the protagonist of the 3rd Youth World Peace Forum entitled, "Now is the time," where young people from all over the world will have the opportunity to live and work together for peace.
60 Young People for a United World at the service of the suburbs of Italy with activities, training, and future projects in synergy with local associations and businesses for legality and the common good.
To live the wounds of the city, to know what is happening a few steps from your home, to assume the suffering of those who live a social distress and are placed on the margins of society. These are just some of the reasons that have urged the Young People for a United World of Italy to get their hands dirty and act where the need is greater: the suburbs of their own cities.
Last July, the first part of the Breaking Rays Project was held in Castel Gandolfo, Rome, where 22 young people from different countries were trained in communication, storytelling and audiovisual production, to generate positive impact stories.
From June 29 to July 7, workshops and lessons in storytelling, journalism, and audiovisual production were held in Rome. Twenty-two young people from various countries gathered to attend workshops, talks, and lessons given by different experts in journalism, production, sound, editing, and social networks.
We want to tell you about the behind the scenes of the Italian film “I have friends in Heaven” (original title “Ho amici in Paradiso”), which is receiving both national and international praise. It is the first movie directed by Fabrizio Maria Cortese, who brought to the big screen actors with intellectual disabilities living in the Casa San Giuseppe (St Joseph’s Home) in Rome, an “Opera Don Guanella” Rehabilitation Center.
"I first came to Don Guanella three years ago because a friend had started living there after an accident. That's how I met these guys, I learned to socialize with them, understand them, play, laugh, and even ironize, because they are very self-deprecating!"
In this way Fabrizio Maria Cortese, screenwriter and director of the film “I have friends in Heaven”, talks about his first encounter with the people with intellectual disabilities who live in Casa San Giuseppe, a Rehab Center of the “Opera Don Guanella”, located in Rome, Via Aurelia Antica.
“And there”, he explains, “I had the idea of writing a movie subject, thinking about the idea of change, a change that I probably went through myself, in my life, thanks to my encounter with them.”
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