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Massimo Faggioli
Works at Villanova University
Attended University of Bologna
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Historian and theologian, Italian and American.
Massimo Faggioli is Full Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University (Philadelphia). He had been on the faculty in the Department of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota between 2009 and 2016. Between 1996 and 2008 he carried our scientific research at the “Foundation for Religious Sciences Giovanni XXIII” of Bologna. Having trained at the University of Bologna and at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität of Tübingen, he spent research semesters at the Université Laval of Québec (Canada) and at the Universität Potsdam.


Villanova University, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, 2016-.

University of St. Thomas, Department of Theology, 2009-2016. 

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious History, 2004-2008.

University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious History, 2006-2008.

University of Bologna, Teaching Assistant, 2004-2005

Teaching assistant for Prof. Pier Cesare Bori for the course Human Rights and Globalization in the Department of Political Science.



Church History

History of Christianity

History of Inter-religious Relations (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)

Historical Theology

Contemporary History

Medieval and Modern European History

20th Century European History



Il vescovo e il concilio: Modello episcopale e aggiornamento al Vaticano II [The Bishop and the Council: Episcopal Model and Aggiornamento at Vatican II], Bologna: Il Mulino, 2005 (476 pp).

Breve storia dei movimenti cattolici [Brief History of the Catholic Movements], Rome: Carocci, 2008 (146 pp). (Spanish translation 2011, English translation 2014).

Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning, Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2012 (Italian and Portuguese translations 2013).

True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in “Sacrosanctum Concilium”, Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 2012 (Italian translation 2013; German translation 2015).

Nello spirito del concilio. Movimenti ecclesiali e recezione del Vaticano II, Cinisello B.: San Paolo, 2013, 160 pp.

Papa Francesco e la “chiesa-mondo”, Roma, Armando Editore, 2014, 96 pp.

 Pope Francis: Tradition in Transition, New York, Paulist Press, 2015, 104 pp.

Pope John XXIII. The Medicine of Mercy, Collegeville MN, Liturgical Press, 2014, 150 pp.

A Council for the Global Church. Receiving Vatican II in History, Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press, 2015, pp. 349

The Rising Laity. Ecclesial Movement since Vatican II, New York: Paulist Press, 2016, 176 pp.

Bragging rights
Speaks 5 languages, reads 7
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Torino
  • Universitaet Tuebingen
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Professor of Theology and Religious Studies Villanova University Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies SAC 203 800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA 19085 USA
teaches history, theology
  • Villanova University
    Full professor, present
  • Fondazione per le scienze religiose di Bologna
    1996 - 2008
  • University of St. Thomas
    teaches history, theology, 2009 - 2016
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