European Mariapolis

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 16:00 to 19:00

The idea of a "politics for unity" - that is a Movement for Politics and Policy Unity - was born in practical terms at the first Mariapolis which took place at Tonadico in the Dolomoties in 1959.

This year the Mariapolis returns to its place of origin and invites participants from all over Europe.

At the end of the 4th Mariapolis week (4-11 August), on Saturday, August 10, we will relive and update that important event in order to commit ourself today to contribute to new relationships among our peoples.

Some politicians, representatives of various states of the world or associations of parliamentarians, will explicitly express their political commitment to unity among peoples.

Roger Casale has been invited to represent New Europeans and will take part in the Forum for a European Co-Goverance on 9 August.



Alberto Lo Presti,

Professor, Dept of Social and Political Sciences, Instituto Universitario Sophia,

Director of the  Giordani Center

Editor of Nuova Umanità magazine


Andreas Michailidis MP

Secretary General of Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy

Roger Casale

Founder and General Secretary of New Europeans 

Former MP, United Kingdom,

Letizia De Torre

President of the Movement Politics and Policy for Unity

Former MP, Italy,

17:00 Dialogue

Moderator:  Alberto Lo Presti

18:00  Exchanges of commitments


Movement for Politics and Policy for Unity

Interparliamtnary Assembly for Orthodoxy




What is the Mariapolis?

At the beginning of the Focolare Movement, in the difficult post-war period while struggling to heal from the wounds inflicted on all the nations of Europe by the Second World War, a growing number of young people, families, workers, professionals and politicians joined members of the nascent Movement for summer holidays in the mountains of Trentino, Italy.

During the last of those first Mariapolis, sixty years ago, on August 22, 1959, an important event occurred: representatives of the 5 continents promised to live mutual evangelical love not only among themselves as persons, but also among their peoples.

Something new had happened, which gave rise to a greater love:

"to love the other’s homeland as one's own”.

It was a challenge for the future, for peace.

It was the beginning of the idea of a united world in the mutual reciprocity of identities, values and cultures of peoples. Igino Giordani and other politicians present secretly promised to spend their whole political life for this ideal.

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Palazzo Scopoli Tonadico,

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