Looking at the world from the perspective of the United World Project, which is also a permanent and international observatory searching for and promoting "fraternal actions of individuals, groups, and peoples," we realized that last summer, our Earth was dotted and enveloped by innumerable actions to promote a culture of brotherhood. The promoters of these initiatives were many young people who - through various forms of workshops – worked hard to heal the wounds of the ‘suburbs’ of our planet.
We have already reported shortly about some of the workshops promoted in Italy (Rome and Syracuse) by the Young People for a United World, but here we will try to give you the essentials of the "Hombre Mundo" (Global Man) Workshops organized by the Teens for Unity in the world.
Chiara Lubich wrote:“A man or woman of tomorrow, will be a person of unity. We have called this person a global person. They are able to take to heart the treasures given by other people from all continents and in turn are able to give their treasures to others."
With this man's vision, last July, around 50 Hombre Mundo workshops took place in many cities in Eastern Europe, Italy, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Africa. It was a real mobilization of several thousand teens, coming from 49 nations.
The purpose of "Hombre Mundo 2017" was to color, through concrete actions of brotherhood, the most "gray" places in the neighborhoods of our cities, haunted by poverty, loneliness, and marginalization, to help transform them more and more into places that can be "home to everyone."
The 2017 Youth World Peace Forum starts with a camp.
The program offers 100 young people from 30 countries (aged 18-30) the chance to live together for five days, in Madaba (Jordan), working with and for refugees, prior to the start of the Youth World Peace Forum activities, planned for September 22-25.
The program is designed to ensure integration among young people coming from all over the world through collaboration in a range of activities organized during the camp. The location will be a former caravans’ area inside the convent in Madaba city, where 114 displaced Iraqi refugees used to live in; it became their home for more than a year after they had fled from Iraq because of war.
"We believe that peace is possible, it is an urgent matter, and we are all responsible for its accomplishment. Together we can make it happen".
For the occasion, many peace messages come from all over the world.
On September 17, the half-marathon VIA PACIS (the Way of Peace) will be run in Rome, inspired by the values of peace, integration, inclusion, and solidarity.
"Rome Half-Marathon VIA PACIS", the first half-marathon in the city of Rome dedicated to peace, will take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017. The event is promoted by Roma Capitale (territorial management agency of the Capital City of Rome) and the Pontifical Council for Culture (a Vatican dicastery) in cooperation with FIDAL (Italian Track & Field Federation), sponsored by CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) and of the Italian Paralympic Committee.
The race will start from St. Peter, via della Conciliazione, at 9 am. It will go through the center of Rome by means of two runways for a distance equivalent to exactly half a marathon (21.097 km). Inspired by the traditional Pilgrimage of the Seven Churches, the "VIA PACIS" will connect the places of worship of some religious communities with an active presence in the capital city: the Synagogue, the Mosque, the Waldensian church, and the Orthodox church.
An interview with Clara Anicito, director of the documentary ‘Siracusa: terra di bellezze e contraddizioni’ (Syracuse: land of beauty and contradictions). The documentary was shown during the Youth for a United World Summer Campus in Syracuse, Sicily, Italy.
Sicily cannot be explained in a few lines. Even those who were born here sometimes struggle to grasp its complexity. The same can be said about Syracuse, a city that embodies all the contradictions of this island.
Perhaps, though, some images and sounds captured by somebody who feels deep love for this place can help understand it a little more.
On a summer night last year, while she was in Syracuse with some friends, young director Clara Anicito decided to tell the story of that city and of her native land.
This intuition was the spark from which the beautiful and delicate documentary ‘Syracuse: land of beauty and contradictions’ was born.
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.
2012 - 2016 United World Project - Youth for a United World (New Humanity)
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