L'Osservatore Romano Display: A Look at 147 Years

Milan Exhibit Gives Church's View of History

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MILAN, Italy, APRIL 7, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A Milan exhibition of L'Osservatore Romano is giving an inside look at the principal events of Italy and the Church in the last 147 years, since the Vatican's semi-official daily first began.



The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart opened Sunday a "rereading of history from the point of view of the Holy See and 11 pontificates -- from Leo XIII to Benedict XVI -- that cannot but provoke surprises and clear up errors," announced the paper in a communiqué.

Similar displays were presented in Rome, in 2006, and in Messina the following year.

Among the documents in the exhibition "From Rome to the World: 147 Years of History Seen Through the Pages of the Pope's Newspaper" is included Pope Pius XI's encyclical about the economic crisis of the '30s and the alarming statements about the consequences of the first persecutions of the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Pope Pius XII's message at the end of World War II is included, as is Pope Paul VI's appeal to the Red Brigades in the context of the kidnapping of Aldo Moro.

Pages of the newspaper and published photographs also form part of the exhibit, prepared by two L'Osservatore reporters, Raffaele Alessandrini y Gianluca Biccini.

The display begins with July 1, 1861, the first edition of L'Osservatore Romano, Rome's oldest daily. The exhibit continues through the publication of Benedict XVI's two encyclicals.

The most recent portions of the exhibit reflect the graphical changes implemented in the paper since Giovanni Maria Vian took over its direction last October.