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On 18 and 19 May, the towns of San Ferdinando di Puglia and Bisceglie hosted the 13th edition of the Riconoscimento Giovanni Paolo II, an event of great cultural and educational importance organised by the Bisceglie-based association in collaboration with the Apulian Delegation of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy and dedicated to the memory of the Holy Pope.

This year the event was attended by over 500 students from various schools in the area. The theme of the event was inspired by two powerful quotations: “Do not be afraid, the world needs each one of you, you are the present and the future” by Pope Francis and “Take charge of your life and make it a masterpiece” by St John Paul II.

During the school year, the students of the participating schools worked on these themes, producing videos, poems and artworks that were presented in the Michele Dell’Aquila auditorium in San Ferdinando on Saturday 18 May.

Among the participating schools were the “Tattoli de Gasperi” and “Oriani Tandoi” comprehensive schools in Corato, the “Jannuzzi-Mons. Di Donna” comprehensive school in Andria, the “don Uva” 4th school district in Bisceglie, the “Giovanni Paolo II” comprehensive school and the “Cassandro Fermi Nervi” school in Barletta, the “Dell’Aquila” school in San Ferdinando, the “Beltrani” and “Baldassarre” schools in Trani and the “Garibaldi Leone” and “Don Milani” schools in Trinitapoli.

The award ceremony for the finalists took place on Sunday 19 May in the evocative setting of the Co-Cathedral Basilica of Bisceglie, following the Eucharist at 7 pm.

This solemn moment marked the end of a weekend full of emotion and reflections, underlining the strong link between the memory of John Paul II and the education of new generations.

The event received prestigious awards, including a medal from the Chamber of Deputies, and enjoyed the patronage of the Senate of the Republic, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Culture, the Regional Government of Apulia, the Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani and the Municipality of Bisceglie. Of particular importance was the message of the President of the Senate, read to the students on 18 May, encouraging them to continue on their educational path with commitment and dedication.

The support of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy and their delegate for Apulia, Avv. Angelo Gadaleta, played a crucial role in the success of the event. This support for the scholarships added prestige to the award and showed how much education in historical and religious memory is valued and appreciated in our country.

The Riconoscimento Giovanni Paolo II is a continuing commitment: thanks to the Orders of the Royal House of Savoy, every year the event renews its mission to educate and inspire younger generations and offer them concrete instruments to understand and practice the values that were taught to us by the great spiritual leaders of our time.

The memory of John Paul II lives on through the enthusiasm and dedication of the young, who are the present and future of our community. The hope is for this award to continue growing and engaging an increasing number of students, thereby spreading the values of courage, hope, and responsibility that held such significance for the Holy Pope.



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