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Finanza e integrazione. I cavalieri di Colombo, la Chiesa e la società americana tra XIX e XX secolo

digital Finanza e integrazione. I cavalieri di Colombo, la Chiesa e la società americana tra XIX e XX secolo
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rivista BOLLETTINO DELL'ARCHIVIO PER LA STORIA DEL MOVIMENTO SOCIALE CATTOLICO IN ITALIA
fascicolo BOLLETTINO DELL'ARCHIVIO PER LA STORIA DEL MOVIMENTO SOCIALE CATTOLICO IN ITALIA - 2014 - 1
titolo Finanza e integrazione. I cavalieri di Colombo, la Chiesa e la società americana tra XIX e XX secolo
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editore Vita e Pensiero
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This essay briefly retraces the history of the Knights of Columbus, one of the main lay Catholic associations which, based on the model of secular confraternities, was founded in the United States and spread out across that country. Starting from an analysis of the particular conditions of Catholics in America, this paper shows how the Order supported Catholic participation in social and economic life. By focusing on the role played by the founder, Fr. Michael McGivney, and the evolution of the organizational and insurance structure of this association, the author highlights that the foundation of this kind of congregation was made possible by the great success of secret societies and the development of the middle class among Catholic immigrants in the late 19th century. Lastly, the author shows how the Knights of Columbus interacted with American society, politics, ecclesial and cultural life along more than a century.