Charles de Foucauld

“I want to accustom all the inhabitants, Christians, Muslims, Jews and idolaters, to looking at me as their brother, the universal brother” Charles de Foucauld Some excerpts from Cardinal Aveline’s meditation given during the prayer vigil for the canonization of...

Emir Abdelkader

« Portrait d’Abdelkader » de M.-É. Godefroid (musée du Luxembourg, Paris) A pioneer of dialogue between the two shores, the Emir Abdelkader is a famous figure in the opposition to the French occupation in Algeria and hero of the first Algerian nation. This...

François 1er and Suleiman

The beginning of a long alliance between France and the Middle East François 1er and Soliman conclude in the 16th century a historic agreement, one of the first across the Mediterranean between a Christian king and a Muslim sovereign. This agreement, if it was mainly...

Saint Francis of Assisi

meet the Sultan of Egypt Saint Francis before the Sultan al-Kâmil (Trial by fire). Giotto di Bondone 1295. Fresco in the Basilica of Saint Francis, Italy This meeting took place in Damietta in 1219 in the middle of the fifth crusade. In this plain of Egypt, two armies...

Maimonide

Moses Maimonides or Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon is one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the Middle Ages, who sought to reconcile the thought of Aristotle and biblical revelation. Great Jewish intellectual of the Mediterranean, his thought enriched by Greek, Muslim and...

Charles de Foucauld

« Voglio abituare tutti gli abitanti, cristiani, musulmani, ebrei e idolatri, a guardarmi come loro fratello, il fratello universale » Charles de Foucauld Alcuni brani della meditazione del cardinale Aveline durante la veglia di preghiera per la canonizzazione di...