114 PIZZA & sweets - QUARESIMA 2018 / RAMADAN 1439
THE PROJECT
The title and number 114 Pizza and Sweets means to refer to the 114 chapters of the Sacred Koran, which, for 14 centuries, during the month of Ramadan, is recited and remembered as inspiration and benediction for the Islamic community. Every chapter brings together a number of verses, which according to some teachers, corresponds to various signs of God.
Welcome to the second edition of our 114 Pizza and Sweets program!
For the past few years, COREIS (Comunità Religiosa Islamica) ITALIANA has developed programs to assist and support immigrants. COREIS not only helps teach the Italian language, a key to gaining citizenship, study and work in Italy, but also guides immigrants in the spiritual and cultural heritage of Islam through interreligious and intercultural dialogue.

COREIS (Comunità Religiosa Islamica) ITALIANA with this project hopes to interact, accompany, and honor every person, migrant, poor or refugee as a sign of God.
This year, our new title is 114 Pizza and Sweets: 2018 Lent and Ramadan 1439. The objective is to organize two rounds of dinners: during Lent (March) and also during Ramadan (June) for the poor, migrant, and refugees in Italy.
In fact, through the symbolism of fasting and of nutrition we wish to obtain a moment of interreligious dialogue and integration between Christians and Muslims from abroad who wish to integrate.
Pope Francis in his recent message during the World Day of Migrants and Refugees invited believers to unite around four keywords: welcome, protect, promote, and integrate. As Italian Muslims we would like to respond to this charge by welcoming men and women who arrive and live in Italy helping them to find spiritual, familial, juridical, cultural, and social comforts.
As in the past, this year's dinners will be organized in collaboration with Cristian and local secular associations that have worked for years to assist and support immigrants of different faiths coming from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Yahya Pallavicini
President of COREIS (Comunità Religiosa Islamica) Italiana