Andrea Riccardi

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Andrea Riccardi is best known as the founder of the Community of Sant'Egidio, an international Catholic lay organization dedicated to peacemaking, service to the poor, prayer, and evangelization. He is also a professor of contemporary history at La Terza University and a minister (without portfolio) for international cooperation and integration policies under Italian Premier Mario Monti. In 1999, he received the Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. He also has taught at Sapienza University and the University of Bari. He specializes in relationships among the world's religions and has written or edited several books, including French Catholicism, Neo-Gallicanism and Bourgeois Catholicism; The Power of the Pope from Pius XII to John Paul II; The Mediterranean: Christianity and Islam Between Cohabitation and Conflict; and A Century of Blood and Faith: Christians in the 20th Century. His most recent works are Preemptive Peace and John Paul II: The Biography (in Italian).
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