Who we are

We want to be peacemakers because, we believe that "there is no peace without justice" and that poverty and social exclusion are the foodstuffs of fundamentalism and violence. We are educated to imagine that "peace" is the new name for development. We are close to all those who are called "losers," weak and marginalized. We want to contribute to the growth and integral development of every person by investing resources on the skills and capacities of local people, to improve the living conditions of people in the Holy Land, in the Middle East, in our country and everywhere in the world

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to support and accompany people and communities in need so that they can determine and build their own future. 







The countries in which we operate

+ more than 60

 projects implemented


People helped in one year

Our Story

Sunday, August 24, 1997, Bishop Luciano Giovannetti leads 600 faithful on the Diocese of Fiesole's first pilgrimage to the Holy Land. At the gates of Bethlehem they are blocked: the Israeli army denies entry into the city.
Negotiations with the military are fruitless, so the pilgrims get off the buses and begin to celebrate the Christmas liturgy there, facing Bethlehem. More people join in, becoming more than a thousand.
The atmosphere is collected, singing and praying. Pilgrims exchange the gesture of peace with soldiers. Televisions and journalists arrive. Suddenly a Christmas "miracle" in the middle of summer: the order comes to open the gate. Joy explodes, in everyone. Pilgrims enter Bethlehem, welcomed as liberators, From this wonderful seed, after years of maturation, the fruit of the John Paul II Foundation is born.

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