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Alberto Melloni (born 1959) is a church historian known especially for his work on the Second Vatican Council.

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Melloni studied in Bologna, Cornell and Fribourg. He has taught at the University of Bologna, the University of Rome III and is now Professor of History of Christianity at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, holder of the Unesco Chair for Religious Pluralism and Peace, and Director of the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII for Religious Studies in Bologna (fscire.it). He is also a columnist for Il Corriere della Sera, and he provides commentary for RAI TV.

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Professor Melloni has been a member of the Foundation since 1982, Vicesecretary since 2002 and General Secretary since 2007. Founded in 1953, the Foundation is one of the most important centers of historical research in Europe.

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Through the Foundation Professor Melloni has been involved in various international research projects. For example:

  • the history of the Second Vatican Council (with a hundred scholars from different countries, 14 international conferences held in Barcelona, Bologna, Houston, Jerusalem, Leuven, Lyon, Moscow, Paris, Québec, São Paulo, Rome, Sofia, Washington, Würzburg) and a final work in five volumes, 2,500 pages, published in seven languages (English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish);
  • the research group on Religious Reform, which helds its seminars in Amman, Bose, Tunis, Bologna;
  • the research on John XXIII which has resulted in the publication of books and proceedings for some 15,000 pages in seven languages; and
  • the work on the Ecumenical Councils, which has produced a first book on the first Seven Ecumenical Councils in a critical edition offered to Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican on February 7, 2007, and to Patriarch Alexij II in the Kremlin on May 22, 2007.
  • His extensive publication record includes books (author and editor), essays, reviews, and newspaper columns.

    According to an Italian journalist Melloni's historical work has been criticized by former peritus Joseph Ratzinger, who is known for his promotion of a hermeneutic of continuity and who has denounced what he calls a hermeneutic of rupture. In America a theologian did explain that the idea of Benedict XVI on the hermeneutic of "continuity and reform" endorses the historical work oin Vatican II as council of aggiornamento.

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    Alberto Melloni Wikipedia


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