|Mondo e Missione
Mondo e Missione (World and Mission) is one of the oldest missionary magazines in Europe. First published in 1872 with the name Le Missioni Cattoliche (The Catholic Missions) (name maintained till 1969), in time has become one of the most authoritative Italian missionary magazines.
Since its foundation, 20 directors have alternates, among them there are some high-profile figures in the Italian missionary movement: father Paolo Manna (1872-1952), recently beatified by John Paul II, founder of the Pontificie opere missionarie; father Giovanni Battista Tragella (1885-1968), holder of the first chair of missiology in Italy; father Piero Gheddo, director of the magazine for no less than 35 years, from 1959 to 1994. Today it is directed by father Alberto Caccaro (who came back to Italy after a missionary experience in Cambodia) and by Gerolamo Fazzini (editorial director). A unique case among the missionary magazines, the editorial board is entirely composed of professional journalists. They are supported by a network of correspondents (several of them are missionaries) from different countries.
Each issue of Mondo e Missione contains a special 16-page section, dedicated to a specific topic or problem of the Global South. It is preceded and followed by interviews, reportages, analysis of the face of the Church and society in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In October 2008 the magazine had a redesign, acquiring a new look and new eminent cooperators. Among the changes: an entire section, entitled “The world at home”, which intends to demonstrate that the life and history of peoples, apparently living far away from us, in fact come across the concrete life of our cities.
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