Faculty Experts -- Massimo Faggioli, PhD

Massimo Faggioli

Massimo Faggioli, PhD

Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Church History
  • History of Christianity
  • American Catholicism
  • Historical Theology and Ecclesiology
  • Catholicism and World/European Politics


Dr. Faggioli is a leading authority on the history and administrative inner workings of the Catholic Church with specific expertise in the papacy, Vatican II, the Roman Curia, liturgical reform and new Catholic movements. Frequently featured in the national and international media, Faggioli can comment on a diversity of theological, religious and Church-related issues ranging from the historical to the contemporary. 


  • PhD University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • Eberhard-Karls-Universitat, Tubingen, Germany
  • Theological Institute of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  • Laurea University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy 110/110
    cum laude

Selected Professional Experience

  • Contributing Editor, Commonweal
  • Associate Professor; Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious History, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious History, University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Selected Publications

  • Faggioli, Massimo (2017),  Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century, Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press. 
  • Faggioli, Massimo(2017), La onda larga del Vaticano II. Por un nuevo posconcilio, Santiago de Chile: Universidad Alberto Hurtado – Centro Teológico Manuel Larraín.  
  • Faggioli, Massimo, (2015), A Council for the Global Church. Receiving Vatican II in History, Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
  • Faggioli, Massimo, (2014), Papa Francesco e la chiesa-mondo, Roma: Armando Editore, English and updated edition: Pope Francis. Tradition in Transition. (2015), New York: Paulist Press.
  • Faggioli, Massimo, (2014), John XXIII. The Medicine of Mercy, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press 
  • Faggioli, Massimo, (2013), Nello spirito del concilio. Movimenti ecclesiali e recezione del Vaticano II [In the Spirit of the Council. The New Ecclesial Movements and the Reception of Vatican II], Cinisello B.: San Paolo.
  • English translation and updated edition, (2016), The Rising Laity. Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II, Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press.
  • Note: Professor Faggioli's publications have been published in eight languages.

Selected Research

  • Faculty Development Center Research Grant, University of St. Thomas, 2014-2015. Research on the history of the Roman Curia.
  • Faculty Development Center, University of St. Thomas, 2012-2013. Research for articles on reform of the Roman Curia.
  • Cushwa Center of the University of Notre Dame, 2012-2015. “Lived history of Vatican II project.”
  • International Education Center Faculty Travel Grant, University of St. Thomas, Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia August, 2012. Theology faculty.


About Villanova

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