Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)

Ethics and Saint Nicholas

Living in the 3rd century AD before the Catholic-Orthodox schism, Saint Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, (currently Demre, Turkey).

After his death, his monument became the destination of pilgrims from the entire Christianity. Across the world Saint Nicholas is the saint of children, of the young and of family sacredness, and is indeed the true source of Santa Claus.

This originates from one of his most well known charitable actions. Reportedly, through an anonymous donation, Saint Nicholas allowed three young ladies – poor and without a dowry – to get married, thus saving them from a grim future.

A focus on new generations that today identifies education as the most precious dowry. Through other miracles, the Saint became also patron of travellers (innovation and knowledge search at the basis of human progress derive from mind travels) and symbol of intercultural dialogue.

Within the context of the Ottoman expansion towards the West, in 1087 a group of sailors from Bari – then one of the westernmost Byzantine strongholds – forcefully took the relics of Saint Nicholas, with the intention to carry them to safety. Since then, from the entire world there has been a continuous flow of pilgrims to one of the most beautiful cathedrals of the West to worship at the resting place of Saint Nicholas of Bari.