Riccardi Andrea

Historian, Founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio

Andrea Riccardi

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[Rome, ITALY 1950]

Founder in 1968 of the Community of Sant'Egidio, and Church historian.

An expert in contemporary humanistic thought, he is an authoritative voice on the international scene. A scholar of the Church in modern and contemporary times, but also of the religious phenomenon as a whole.

He was awarded numerous prizes and awards, including the Balzan Prize in 2004 for humanity, peace and brotherhood among peoples, the Charlemagne Prize in 2009, awarded to persons and institutions that have particularly distinguished themselves in the promotion of a united Europe and the dissemination of a culture of peace and dialogue, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2020.

From 16 November 2011 to 27 April 2013, Andrea Riccardi was called to serve as Minister for International Cooperation and Integration in the government. On 22 March 2015, he was elected President of the Dante Alighieri Society. Andrea Riccardi also played a mediating role in several conflicts and contributed to the achievement of peace in a number of countries, including Mozambique, Guatemala, Ivory Coast and Guinea. In recognition of his commitment to peace in June 2018, he was awarded honorary citizenship of Assisi. Among his most recent publications:  La Chiesa brucia. Crisi e futuro del cristianesimo (2021) Laterza; La scelta per la Pace, meditazioni tra Bibbia e storia (2022) Morcelliana; Il Grido della Pace (2023) Edizioni San Paolo.