Friday 29 January 2016

Rome, Italy: Sr. Helen Prejean and Sant'Egidio: "No" to the death penalty

In recent days, on the occasion of her visit to Rome, sr. Helen Prejean, engaged for years against the death penalty in the United States, joined the volunteers of the Community of Sant'Egidio and met with a group of inmates of the Roman prison of Rebibbia.

Thursday 28 January 2016

San Salvador, El Salvador - Children look out at a world of peace

A new logo for the School of Peace of Bambular, in San Salvador. 

Many children are looking out at the world through the window of a dove with an olive branch, a symbol of Sant'Egidio. It's the hope that the children of that country bloodied by widespread violence and of the entire Latin America could see the future not with the ruthless perspective of the maras, but opening up to a vision of solidarity and peace.

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Geneva, Switzerland - An intervention in favor of "humanitarian corridors"

Fr. Marco Gnavi, of the Community of Sant'Egidio, presented in Geneva, at the summit between the United Nations and the World Council of Churches, the project #safepassage for the creation of humanitarian corridors for refugees, a project supported jointly by Sant'Egidio and the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy, an example of solidarity, ecumenism, common sense, a way to ensure that today will not be repeated the mistakes or the horrors of the past. 

His contribution can be seen in ...

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Catania, Italy - Heat of friendship ... and of blankets

In these very cold days in the northern hemisphere the Sant'Egidio is mobilized everywhere to support with blankets, hot drinks, whatever, those who are homeless, those without a shelter. 

In Catania,Sicily, and elsewhere, the Community has launched appeals for extraordinary collection of blankets and to report any situation at risk to the social assistance agencies.

Monday 25 January 2016

Goma, Dem. Rep. of Congo - Presentation of the book on Floribert Bwana Chui

In the very same town, Goma, North Kivu, where he was born and grew up, in the city where he gave his testimony of integrity and gratuitousness refusing to be bribed, despite the threats, for allowing the passage of food dangerous for people's health, it has been presented the book "Un chrétien face à la corruption", "A christian defying corruption", on the life and death of Floribert Bwana Chui, a member of Sant'Egidio. 

In the picture the greeting of the bishop to the presentation. In a few days, in fact, it will be issued an official Decree for the introduction of the cause of beatification for martyrdom of Floribert.

Friday 22 January 2016

Jakarta, Indonesia - A house of friendship with the poor ...

Rumah Persahabatan, house of friendship, it is called in this way the soup kitchen of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Jakarta, the first run by the Church association in a country with an overwhelming Muslim majority, which has started to operate at full capacity in recent days. 

A sign of solidarity and peace, not too far from the places of the terror attacks held a week ago. "For strong as death is love".

Thursday 21 January 2016

Rome, Italy - Play Music Stop Violence 2016

Here's the official poster of the contest Play Music Stop Violence, organized by the Youth 4 Peace of Rome, expression of the Community of Sant'Egidio. 

The competition is open to all young bands who share the dream of peace, non-violence, solidarity.

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Matlang, Philippines - After the typhoon, starting afresh from children

The Community of Sant'Egidio helped to reconstruct the School of Peace and Hope in Matlang, great island of Leyte, Central-Eastern Philippines, after the typhoon Yolanda.
Now our friends over there donated school supplies for the children. 

Peace and hope start afresh from them.

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Lomé, Togo - Headquarter Agreement with Sant'Egidio

A Headquarters Agreement between the Republic of Togo and the Community was signed yesterday in Lomé. 

This agreement is a sign of appreciation for the commitment that Sant'Egidio carries on in the African country and in the world.

Monday 18 January 2016

Moscow, Russia - A friendship without age

The Community of Sant'Egidio and a solidarity between different generations that is a source of joy for youngest and elderly ....

Friday 15 January 2016

Lima, Peru - Growing up at the School of Peace ...

The children of the School of Peace of Sant'Egidio are looking to a drama, at a party. 

Expectation and hope in their eyes. Looking at them, we too hope for a better future.

Thursday 14 January 2016

Perugia, Italy - Cultural mediators, bridge builders ...

Today, at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, has been inaugurated a course in "Advanced Training for European Mediators for intercultural and social unity". 

The course, organized by the University and the Community of Sant'Egidio, will train workers who will be able to carry out a valuable commitment in mediating between migrants, institutions and civil society. And never like in this time it is true that we need bridge builders ....

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Medan, Indonesia - Visit to the Rohingya refugees

Rohingya are an Islamic ethnic group settled in particular in Myanmar (Burma). Given that they were heavily discriminated, tens of thousands preferred to seek refuge in other countries of the area, but they have been welcomed with difficulty, if not rejected. 

The Community of Sant'Egidio of Medan, in western Indonesia, has recently started to visit a refugee camp near the city.

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Rome, Italy - Last days for the exhibition of the Art Workshops of Sant'Egidio disabled friends

Last days (until Sunday 17) to visit at the MAXXI (Museum of XXI Century Arts) in Rome the exhibition of César Meneghetti, I\O_ IO IS ANOTHER, a project promoted by the Sant'Egidio Community and the Art Workshops of the Movement of the "Friends". 

This work has involved more than 200 people with mental disabilities who live in the Italian capital city. In the works of Meneghetti disabled people the artist met are as people, fully capable of producing thought, spaces and visions; people who know, remember, evaluate, operate, love, create.

Monday 11 January 2016

Moscow, Russia - The Christmas of Mercy in the Orthodox world

Also in the countries where the Orthodox liturgical calendar follows the Julian one, where Christmas is celebrated on January 7th, the Community of Sant'Egidio has prepared the lunches of Mercy. 

In the picture the Christmas lunch held in Moscow, in the church of the Dormition of the Virgin.

Friday 8 January 2016

Liege, Belgium - Integration, at the School of Peace

Let's celebrate together at the School of Peace of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Liege! 

In a Belgium tempted by the clash of civilizations a sighted and winning answer is to bet on the integration, to build bridges and encounter opportunities.

Thursday 7 January 2016

Kiev, Ukraine - Even in times of war Mercy is manifest

Today, on January 7, most of the Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas. As it happens in Kiev too. 

2000 years ago, at the time of the Caesars and the Herodes, the mercy of God has been manifested in the littleness. So, in these times of war for Ukraine, the Community of Sant'Egidio is close to the weakest and the neediest.