Sunday September 11th, 2016 -
Dr. Massimo Faggioli, born in 1970, is full professor in the department of theology and religious studies at Villanova University (Philadelphia). He received his PhD in Religious History from the University of Turin in 2002 with a thesis on the history of the appointment of bishops after the Council of Trent. He later continued his studies on the Second Vatican Council at the renowned institute of "Giovanni XXIII" for Religious Studies in Bologna, Italy. From Italy he traveled first to Boston where he was visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College from 2008-2009 before moving to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2009 where he remained teaching until 2016. His books and articles have been widely published in eight languages and include: "Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning" (Paulist, 2012); "True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum concilium" (Liturgical Press, 2012); "Sorting Out Catholicism. A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements" (Liturgical Press, 2014); "Pope Francis: Tradition in Transition" (Paulist Press, 2015); "A Council for the Global Church. Receiving Vatican II in History" (Fortress, 2015); "The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II" (Paulist Press, 2016). Massimo Faggioli is a young, bright, articulate, theologian of the new generation of Catholic intellectuals who is making a very significant contribution to theology, ecclesiology and church history in the contemporary Church.
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