L'arte dell'incontro. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Rappresentante Pontificio a Sofia

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The art of meeting. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Pontifical Representative in Sofia

Lorenzo Botrugno

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The book by Lorenzo Botrugno, published by Marcianum Press, is the result of extensive research conducted in the archives of the Holy See and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Validly introduced by the preface by Mons. Loris Francesco Capovilla, he analyzes the work of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in Bulgaria, where he was Visitor (1925-1931) and Apostolic Delegate (1931-1934). Without preparation or diplomatic assignment, the future John XXIII found himself an intermediary between Pope Pius XI and Boris III: the Bulgarian sovereign aimed to marry Princess Joanna of Savoy with the Catholic rite, without, however, engaging in the promise to baptize and educate Catholic offspring and not to reiterate the marriage in the Orthodox Church. Among court intrigues, unfulfilled promises and solemn papal protests, the figure of the Bergamo prelate was distinguished for having been able to maintain friendly relations with the Royal Couple without changing the basic positions of the Church. Ben describes his style, meaningly "pastoral diplomacy", as Roncalli himself reported to the Bulgarian Prime Minister in 1933: "You know that I have no cannons behind me, nor commercial treaties, nor political or financial interests against Bulgaria: but I am a humble servant of the most peaceful sovereign in the world who, however, is the repository of a doctrine and a discipline that are worth more than any material power and are unbreakable. No one can doubt that I speak to them with sincere love for Bulgaria ». At the center of the study's interest is the relationship with the Orthodox: even without any ecumenical anticipation, Roncalli was able to leave aside what he divides and seek what unites in charity and prayer. Some of its openings towards non-Catholics, immediately stigmatized by Rome, were moreover adherents of Tradition, that is, functional to create contacts to hasten the return of dissidents to the only true Church, the Catholic Church. However, he was able to open "unexpected horizons of brotherhood among Christians and of dialogue with all", as Pope Benedict XVI said on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the election to the Papal throne of Blessed John XXIII.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The art of meeting. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Pontifical Representative in Sofia
Original languageItalian
Number of pages351
ISBN (Print)978-88-6512-169-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Papa Giovanni XXIII Bulgaria
  • Papa Roncalli Bulgaria
  • Pope John XXIII Bulgaria
  • Pope Roncalli Bulgaria Bishop


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