On September 8th, the Superior General of the Jesuits, Father Adolfo Nicolás formally appointed Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro the new editor of the oldest publication in Italy, Civiltà Cattolica. The new director, who is currently the superior of the Jesuit community of Via di Porta Pinciana, shall be the responsibility for the Association of Writers, which manages the journal. In October, Father Spadaro will also oversee the first book to be published in 162 year history of the magazine. Father Spadaro replaces the current director Father Gianpaolo Salvini, head of the “Civiltà Cattolica” since 1985.
Father Spadaro was ordained priest in 1996 in Catania, and completed his education in the United States. He graduated in Philosophy at the University of Messina, and completed his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he still teaches. He began writing about the “Catholic Civilization” in 1994, dealing mainly with culture and the way in which new communication technologies, from the Internet, are changing the way we live and think, and also our faith.
The internet is part of his interests: on the web he is present with a Facebook profile, and has recently taken part in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Social Communication led by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, a meeting of bloggers in the Vatican, as well to have promoted cultural initiatives linked to the world of literature and the network.
The Jesuit magazine was founded in 1850, and is the oldest of all Italian magazines still active. The wording of the magazine is defined as “College of the Catholic Writers of Civilization,” and still follows the publication rules of Pope Pius IX.