Giuseppe Dossetti is a name barely known outside Italy. Some may remember his role within the Christian Democratic Party in the early years of the Italian Republic. Readers familiar with the history of the Second Vatican Council may have heard his name as one of its most important ghost writers and theologians. However, to most, his biography remains more or less unknown. One the purposes by the John XXIII Foundation - created by Dossetti in 1953 - was to fill this gap with papers presented to the 2006 Bologna conference, for the decennial of Dossetti's death. Among them the most important for an international readership are gathered in this volume.
Alberto Melloni, Professor of history of Christianity at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia, is Secretary-General of the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies.
He has founded with Professor Giuseppe Alberigo this internationl series of the Bologna research institute now at its sixth volume.