A professor and essayist, Alberto Melloni (Reggio Emilia, 1959) teaches History of Christianity and the Churches at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia. He held seminars and lectures in various Italian and foreign universities and since 2007 he is secretary of Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXII in Bologna. He contributed to the writing of the Second Vatican Council, he edited the nation edition of Papa Roncalli, the "Dictionary of 20th century historical and religious knowledge for il Mulino and in 2011 the two-volume work "Cristiani d'Italia. Chiese, stato, società 1861-2011, published by Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana. He published studies on the medieval canonical law, on 20th century Church and politics, on the conclave and on John Paul II and Giuseppe Dossetti. Recently he has published writings on Christianity in Italian history ("Tutto o Niente"), ("Quel che resta di Dio") and on the rethinking of marriage as love union free from secular lines of thinking ("Amore senza fine", amore senza fini"). A member of Academie Internationales des sciences religeuses and a member of the scientific committee of Enciclopedia Italiana, of the executive board of JPI Cultural Heritage of the European Union, he also collaborates with important magazines in the field and as a historical expert with Rai Storia and with the programme "La grande storia", broadcast on Rai 3.
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