Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio, is a Church historian, an expert in contemporary humanistic thought, and an authoritative voice on the international scene. He contributes to numerous periodicals and newspapers, including the Corriere della Sera and Famiglia Cristiana.
A scholar of the Church in the modern and contemporary ages, and of the religious phenomenon as a whole, he has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the 2004 Balzan Prize for humanity, peace and brotherhood among peoples and the 2009 Charlemagne Prize, awarded to individuals and institutions that have particularly distinguished themselves in promoting a united Europe and in spreading a culture of peace and dialogue. Several universities have conferred honorary degrees on him: the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia (Spain), Georgetown University in Washington (USA), the University of Augsburg (Germany), Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 (France), "en raison de services éminents à la paix et à l 'Université” [for distinguished service to peace and to the University].
From 16 November 2011 to 27 April 2013, Andrea Riccardi was appointed Minister for International Cooperation and Integration in the technocratic government of Prof. Mario Monti.
On 22 March 2015, he was elected President of the Dante Alighieri Society, and his mandate was renewed in March 2019.
Roma “città sacra”? Dalla Conciliazione all'operazione Sturzo, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 1979
The Vatican and Moscow (1940 - 1990), Laterza, Roma-Bari 1992
The power of the Pope. From Pius XII to John Paul II, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1993
Intransigence and modernity. The Catholic Church towards the third millennium, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1996
Mediterranean. Christianity and Islam between cohabitation and conflict, A.Guerini e Associati, Milano 1997
The century of martyrdom. Christians in the twentieth century, Mondadori, Milano 2000
Living together, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2006
Il "partito romano" nel secondo dopoguerra (1945 1954), Morcelliana, Brescia 2007
The longest winter. 1943-44: Pius XII, the Jews and the Nazis in Rome, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2008
John Paul II. A Biography, San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo 2011
Pope Francis' surprise. Crisis and future of the Church, Mondadori, Milano 2013
The slaughter of Christians. Mardin, the Armenians and the end of a world, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2015
Manifesto to the world. Paul VI at the UN, Jaca Book, Milano 2015
Peripheries. Crisis and change for the Church, Jaca Book, Milano 2016
The unarmed force of peace. Movement, Thought, Culture, Jaca Book, Milano 2017
The professor and the patriarch. Spiritual humanism between nationalism and globalisation, Jaca Book, Milano 2018
Paul VI. Challenges of History and the Governance of the Church, Jaca Book, Milano 2018
Charismatic Italy, Morcelliana, Brescia 2021
La Chiesa brucia, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2021
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