The essay reconstructs the events that led to the birth of the ISEF (Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. The Institute originated from the initiative of the Archbishop of Milan Giovanni Battista Montini, who wanted it located in the Rino Fenaroli Academic Sports Center, owned by the Diocese. Therefore the characteristics of its origin are outlined from the point of view of the anthropological, spiritual and pastoral vision of Montini and his successor Giovanni Colombo, and then from the philosophical-nthropological one of the first group of leaders of the Institute, which was the first of its kind opened in Lombardy.
The essay reconstructs the fundamental stages of the almost fifty years’ academic activity carried out by Albino Uggè (1899-1971) among the collaborators and professors of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. Trained in the Twenties and Thirties at the statistical-demographic school of Marcello Boldrini, Uggè devoted the main and most original part of his scientific production to the deepening of the themes of economic statistics, both of the business branch, and in the field of public economy. Uggè made a significant contribution to the programme of studies in the research areas.
The article reconstructs, on the basis of archive documents, the relationship between Fr. Mario Giavazzi and Fr. Agostino Gemelli. Born in Bergamo, Giavazzi was ordained a priest in his diocese. He joined the “Preti del Sacro Cuore Congregation”, to which Angelo Roncalli had belonged. He studied Theology in Rome, collaborated with Giacomo Lercaro in Ravenna and worked for the FUCI at national level. In summer 1950 Giavazzi was appointed director of the Augustinianum college; he remained in office up to 1956. Later on, Giavazzi became spiritual assistant in the same college to his death (1969). He was indirectly involved in ’68 mouvement.
Paolo Pecorari published, in the “Collana di studi e testi” by the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, the correspondence between Giuseppe Toniolo and Luigi Luzzati. The volume enhances new sources to study in depth the ideas and acts of Toniolo, who was one of the main protagonists in the history of the Catholic movement. The introduction to the volume is very important and large; it represents a sort of well-documented and updated biography of Toniolo. The volume stands out for its very rich and well-structured notes, which allow a deeper interpretation of the correspondence.
The contribution contains the reflections presented at the opening of the Conference ‘‘Ripensare il lavoro, ritrovare il lavoro’’, organized by the Faculty of the Economics of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In particular, after considering some passages of the works by John Locke and Adam Smith showing a propensity of liberal-capitalist thought to ‘commodify labour’, some alternatives from the Social Doctrine of the Church and from the recent teachings of Pope Francesco are proposed. Only a radical cultural transformation, teaching to put the respect for human dignity before the production of economic value, can allow to overcome the tendency to consider labour as a commodity.