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Alberto Melloni


Panel: Sacred Space and Tolerance – Thursday, January 21 (11am – 1pm PST // 2pm – 4pm EST)
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Alberto Melloni is full professor of History of Christianity at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Director of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies (Fscire) and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on Religious Pluralism and Peace at the University of Bologna. His research covers the history of the Catholic Church, the Papacy and its imbrication in broader political landscapes. He has written at length about the history of the Second Vatican Council in particular, contributing to the multi-volume History of the Second Vatican Council. His research explores theological and political differences within the modern Catholic Church. His article, “The politics of the ‘Church’ in the Italy of Pope Wojtyła” in the Journal of Modern Italian Studies from 2007, pursues this approach. He charts throughout how the Papacy and other ecclesiasitcal institutions within the Catholic Church sustained efforts to act in Italian democratic politics even as the Christian Democratic Party receded in significance.   

Example of published work: 

Alberto Melloni, “The Politics of the ‘Church’ in the Italy of Pope Wojtyła,” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 12, no. 1 (March 1, 2007): 60–85,;