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John Paul II Foundation / Magazine (Page 5)

Gianluca Mengozzi was recently reappointed for a second term as spokesperson for the Tuscan Forum of the Third Sector, which represents 9,750 organizations in the territory including volunteers, social promotion associations, and social cooperatives. Mengozzi, president of ARCI Toscana since 2011, is an architect specializing in restoration...

The year 2020 was an extraordinary year for many Lebanese small-scale farmers. Last August, in fact, the project carried out by the John Paul II Foundation thanks to funding from the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and aimed at the redevelopment of Lebanese cherry growers in North Bekaa ended....

Foundation Day 2021, which takes place on Dec. 11 for the first time in Florence, has set itself the task of proposing actualized readings of the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean geopolitical context. Right from the title, it is clear how it aims to stimulate cultural reflection. Indeed, this year's theme will be a focus actualized to date on the crisis situations in the Middle East and Mediterranean...

A few months ago, on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly, Lebanese President Michel Aoun came forward with a video message that made noise. In it, in fact, Aoun launched into a veritable invective against the international community, guilty in his view of ignoring the tragic problem of Syrian refugees who, with the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011...

Abuna Ibrahim Faltas, a Franciscan friar, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He is a member of the Custody of the Holy Land. He currently lives in Jerusalem. He is director of schools of the Custody of the Holy Land, counselor of the Custody itself, director of Casa Nova in Jerusalem and member of the John Paul II Foundation of which he was one of the founders....

The Maronite Church has a long tradition behind it since its foundation dates back to the first centuries of Christianity; in fact, it owes its name to St. Maron, who lived in the late fourth and early fifth centuries, linked to the Patriarchate of Antioch, and committed to a profoundly evangelical way of life that prompted him and his immediate followers to take a stand in the Christological controversies on which the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon (451) intervened, establishing the dual nature in one person. From Maron's legacy thus began a tradition that, even before the arrival of the Muslims, with the conquest of much of the Byzantine Empire, had to face persecution and pressure from local communities that refused to recognize the Council of Chalcedon, so much so that the first Maronites were forced to move to the innermost parts of today's Lebanon....

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