After Napoleon’s fall, the territory of the Kingdom of Sardinia was modified and Genoa and the Liguria region moved under his control. According to these changes, the government of Piedmont decided to reorganize also the territories of various dioceses. In particular, the parishes in the Vigevano’s diocese increased, including in its territory areas that previously depended on the Pavia’s diocese. The essay analyses these events, also presenting the demographic and economic development of Vigevanasco and Lomellina, in the first decades of the 19th century. The research focuses on Monsignor Giovanni Francesco Toppia, the Piedmontese priest chosen to lead the diocese, and analyses his pastoral action.
The essay provides a comparative analysis between Mario Romani and Pasquale Saraceno, two key players in the Italian post-war history and both exponents of the Catholic movement. M. Romani was among the founders of the CISL, actively participating in the activities of the trade union confederation. P. Saraceno had a leading role in the Italian economic policy strategies in the years of the Moro secretariat of the Democrazia Cristiana. The essay explains the reasons for the dissent that divided them deeply. M. Romani and P. Saraceno had a very different view on the theme of the participation of workers and their organizations in the management of businesses and in the definition of the government’s economic and social policy choices. The essay explains the reasons for this deep dissent.
After the conclusion of the first phase of the exodus of the refugees, the Italian residents who remained in the Yugoslav portion of the B-Zone in the Free Territory of Trieste were subjected to pressures and assimilation forms, more or less coercive, concerning multifaceted fields of everyday life. Pressures involve point of references for the whole community life, especially priests. In particular, Tito’s government implements against them a policy characterized by a high level of aggression, which does not even spare the Slovenian and Croatian clergy. This contribution aims to deepen the features of what would have taken the contours of a real persecutory wave of the Titus’ regime against the Catholic Church.