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Communicating Europe

Journals and European Integration 1939–1979

Edited By Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda and Luciano Tosi

This volume is dedicated to the debate on European unification developed between the end of World War II and 1979 in two types of magazines. The first type of magazines are those not exclusively dedicated to the «European» themes, but particularly significant for the impact they had in the cultural-political debate and in the concrete unfolding of the process of European integration; while the second type are militant magazines, belonging to the European and federalist area, whose proactive role was fundamental both for the theoretical elaboration of the ideas as the basis of the future of the European continent, and for the practical propaganda. All these publications contributed in different ways to the spread of knowledge of European integration, of its implications and of its political, social and economic consequences. No less important – and this is the third type of journals taken into consideration in the book – has been the birth and development of magazines directly sponsored by the Community institutions, whose action was framed within a real «European communication», made by the EC institutions, particularly the Commission in Brussels, since their origins.
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On the Origins of European Deliberation of La Civiltà Cattolica and Humanitas: Luca Barbaini


On the Origins of European Deliberation of La Civiltà Cattolica and Humanitas


In the Rut of an Almost Secular Tradition

Intervening in March of 1948 from the pages of the prestigious Roman Jesuits’ periodical, La Civiltà Cattolica, on the destiny of the old continent already in the midst of the Cold War, the Messineo1 and Bruccoleri2 fathers did not hesitate to encourage Italian believers to be inspired by the teaching that the last popes had developed on an international context and, in particular, to make themselves

fedeli agli ammonimenti del papa, [assecondando] ogni iniziativa, ogni sforzo diretto all’unione [of Europe], qualunque essa [fosse], non essendo in questo movimento secondi a nessuno.3

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