Friday 30 October 2015

Barcelona, Spain - Children of Homs (Syria) welcomed by Sant'Egidio

In the picture refugee children, from Homs, welcomed by the Youth for Peace in Barcelona at the headquarters of the Community of Sant'Egidio in the Catalan city. 

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Milan, Italy - DREAM 2.0 at Expo

Large participation in the presentation of DREAM (Disease Relief through Excellent and Advanced Means) 2.0, the program of the Community of Sant'Egidio that dreams an Africa healed with the same opportunities of excellence of which are benefiting in the rest of the world, at Milan Expo. 

Selected among the ten winners of the competition "Energy, Art and Sustainability for Africa" promoted by ENI, DREAM is present at Expo for a week, from 22nd to 29th October.
Quality health care and renewable energy in Africa. Combating diseases such as AIDS and malnutrition.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Rutana, Burundi - Among the difficulties, to continue to pray for peace ...

The communities of Sant'Egidio of Burundi continue to pray for peace, as pictured here, in Rutana, in  the South of the country. 

Burundi is going through a difficult phase in its history: after the elections the polarization and violence are beyond the danger level and in Bujumbura dozens of murders have unfortunately recorded.

Monday 26 October 2015

Friday 23 October 2015

Naples, Italy - A new year of the School of Peace in Scampia

Youth for Peace of Naples resume their engagement with the children in the suburbs of Naples, starting from a symbolic area like Scampia [pictured the "sail" that remains, the others were demolished]. 

Because it's starting with the children that you change the future of cities, included the most problematic ones.

Thursday 22 October 2015

Calais, France - Sant'Egidio visit the "jungle"

A representative of the French communities of Sant'Egidio visited the so-called "jungle" of Calais, the slum near the Channel Tunnel where thousands of emigrants or refugees have settled, while they are trying to reach England. 

Faced with the increasing difficulties to access the Eurotunnel more and more migrants end up building precarious settlements in an open space close to the sea, particularly exposed to bad weather. There are those who live there for months, shops have sprung up, as well as churches and mosques. The population, in the past coming especially from Africa, today counts an increasing component of Syrians and Iraqis.

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Bouaké, Ivory Coast - School, and school of peace ...

"I like to go to school", say children of Bouaké, Ivory Coast, like all the other children that the Community of Sant'Egidio gathers in its School of Peace. 

To defend the right of children to education, to involve the younger generations in a beautiful and exciting process of education for peace and coexistence.
The recent delivery of school kits in Abidjan and elsewhere (see the website are a sign of the commitment of Sant'Egidio in Ivory Coast: the Community works with the poor for the construction of a more cohesive socuety in the country, for a lasting peace in this time of elections (to vote next 25th) and in the future.

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Puebla, Mexico - Sant'Egidio at "Juntos por Mexico" ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio took part in "Juntos por Mexico", "Together for Mexico", which was held from October 16th to 18th in Puebla, collecting thousands of participants from 60 movements active in the large Central American country on the issues of human rights, defense of life, human development, family, peace. 

Monday 19 October 2015

Prague, Czech Rep. - Memory of the poor dead in the street

With Mgr. Duka, Sant'Egidio recalled in Prague the names of those who died after having lived a long time in the street and accompanied by the faithful friendship of the Community over the years. 

Simple gestures, a strong memory.

Friday 16 October 2015

Bari, Italy - Birthday party at the station!

Youth for Peace of Bari celebrated the birthday of their friend, G., who lives at the station. Cakes, candles, presents! A real outdoor party .... With G. excited and extremely elegant. 

Faithfully the Community of Sant'Egidio of Bari gets close to those who live in the streets of the city center.

Thursday 15 October 2015

Antwerp, Belgium - ... for a society on the way to reconciliation

In Antwerp, on October 10th, in the framework of the World Day against the death penalty, a special witness, that of Bjorn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler, who was on the island of Utoya in July 2011 when Breivik killed 69 young people, wounding 110. 

Ihler is opposing to the death penalty, in every situation, even after what happened to him and his friends.

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Houston, United States of America - Against the death penalty ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio has organized meetings to raise awareness and discussion for the World Day against the death penalty at the Faculty of Law of the University of Houston, Texas. 

Witnesses from death row and relatives of the victims - Shujaa Graham, former sentenced to death, Bill Pelke, relative of murder victim, Terry Steinberg, mother of a sentenced man awaiting execution and Dave Atwood, founder of the Texas Coalition against the Death Penalty - met with university students, future lawyers, judges and lawmakers in a westerner country where the death penalty is still a legal option.

Tuesday 13 October 2015

San Salvador, El Salvador - Children and teenagers remember William Quijano

Here some pictures of the homage made by the schools of Peace of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Bambular, San Jose de la Montaña and San Marcos, in San Salvador city, with about a hundred children and teenagers, who wanted to remember William Quijano, killed six years ago while trying to steal the youth from the mindset and allure of gangs and spread violence. 

Our friends of San Salvador write in their blog on Facebook that "the memory of William continues to motivate their lives in the Community, encouraging them to bring joy where there is sadness, solidarity where it is most needed".
Children of Salvadoran schools of Peace had prepared for the occasion several artistic contributions: recitation of poems, drawings and banners, singing and dancing.

Monday 12 October 2015

Lima, Peru - Youth for Peace want to change the city ...

In Peru the movement Youth for Peace, an expression of the youngest of the Community of Sant'Egidio, want to live the hashtag #changeyourcity. 

#changeyourcity is everywhere in the world, look at

Friday 9 October 2015

Bujumbura, Burundi - Distribution of food aid goes on ...

In the picture the distribution of food aid by the members of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Bujumbura to the elderly who live at the Institut Sainte Élisabeth. Other food parcels were delivered to the families of children attending the School of Peace of Gikungu. 

It's important to continue to support the effort of the Community in favor of a country that is experiencing a serious security and humanitarian crisis.

Thursday 8 October 2015

Naples, Italy - Presentation in Secondigliano prison of the history of Floribert Bwana Chui

In an unusual setting, the Secondigliano prison, in the chapel, with dozens of prisoners, some of them life sentenced, was held yesterday the presentation of the book - "The price of two clean hands" - on the figure of Floribert Bwana Chui, member of the Community of Sant'Egidio, killed in Goma, Dem. Rep. of Congo, in 2007 for refusing a proposal of corruption. 

In the intervention of a lifer, S. A., the understanding that "Africa is not only calling problems, but also giving examples of humanity", the awareness that "man can be maker of history and change" even in the most locked environments, the idea that Floribert was "the friend and companion that everyone would like to have aside".

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Nyumanzi, Uganda - Teachers with Sant'Egidio for the refugees of South Sudan

Yesterday, October 5th, the International Teachers' Day. 

Here a picture of the school where, thanks to the support of the Community of Sant'Egidio, teachers fled to Uganda from South Sudan carry on their commitment for the youngest among the refugees.

Monday 5 October 2015

Barcelona, Spain - Friendship with the poor in St. Francis' day

In Barcelona and in many other cities of the world, the Community of Sant'Egidio lived the feast of St. Francis in friendship with the poor. 

Bujumbura, Burundi - A footage of the delivery of food aid

The Community of Sant'Egidio is greatly concerned about the situation of uncertainty and violence that Burundi is going through.
Burundian communities continue to engage in service to the needy, particularly at this time, when we remember the example of St. Francis, accompanying them in a difficult time. 

The mother community of Rome, for its part, has promoted a fundraising through which it has been possible to send food aid to be distributed in the poorest neighborhoods of Bujumbura.
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a footage on the first day of the delivery of aid, in Kinama-Kamenge, in the presence of the auxiliary bishop of Rome, Msgr. Matteo Zuppi.
For those who want to help collecting money, they can do it by visiting the website of the Community,

Friday 2 October 2015

Manila, Philippines - Promoting "Sounds for Peace" ...

The Community of Sant'Egidio in Manila organized a public event to promote the participation in the contest "Sounds for Peace - In the Jubilee of Mercy". 

It's possible to register online at in order to send your musical proposal.

Thursday 1 October 2015

Naples , Italy - Prayer in the square, sign of hope, response to violence ...

Youth for Peace of Naples chose to respond to the violence that has bloodied the streets of their cities with a stop ​​for reflection and prayer. 

A gesture of peace, a prayer in the square. A moment to stop and think. "September has already been colored with sadness for the death of some young people", they wrote on their blog, "and this can only make stronger our cry, our desire to change all that is not hope and opportunity, but pain and dead-end streets. Yesterday at piazza del Gesù, we were there, but also many passersby, a sign that in this hope there is room for everyone!".