Vittorio Messori (born 1941) is an Italian journalist and writer.
According to Sandro Magister, a Vaticanist, he is the "most translated
Catholic writer in the world."
2 Books translated into English
3 See also
5 External links
Vittorio Messori (from a letter written in November 1990)
Messori was born in
Modena in Italy. He attended the
prestigious Lycée D'Azeglio in Turin. Later, he graduated in
political sciences, with a thesis on the Risorgimento.
Messori had a completely secular upbringing. He was warned against
priests by his mother, who often said that the Church was "only a
pub." The schools he attended imparted an equally secular culture, and
when he enrolled in the faculty of political science at Turin, all the
teachers there taught "a radical, impenetrable agnosticism." He was
"happy" with this, and "was preparing for a career as an entirely
In July and August 1964, however, he unexpectedly entered a new kind
of dimension. In his own words, "the truth of the Gospel, that until
then was unknown to me, became very clear and tangible. Even though I
had never attended Church, even though I had never studied religion, I
found that my perspective as a secularist and agnostic had become
suddenly Christian. What's more, Catholic."
Messori's teachers were "very surprised and disappointed" when he
confessed that he had become a Catholic. They regarded his conversion
as "a psychiatric crisis, a depression, a mistake," with the result
that, as Messori says, "they abandoned me and finally disowned me."
Vittorio Messori with René Laurentin
After graduating, Messori attended courses at the Institute of
Christology at Assisi. It was there that he met his future wife,
Rosanna Brichetti. In 1968 he returned to Turin, where he joined the
editorial staff of a large publishing house. Later he directed its
press office. For several years, he was a reporter for Stampa Sera,
before the editor of
La Stampa appointed him one of the group of three
journalists who created the weekly Tuttolibri.
He is a profound explorer of the questions raised by Christianity and
especially Catholicism. His most influential books include Jesus
Hypotheses (1977), The Ratzinger Report (1987), and Opus Dei (1996).
He also conducted the first book-length interview with Pope John Paul
II, published under the pope's authorship with the title Crossing the
Threshold of Hope (1994).
Books translated into English
Jesus Hypotheses (1978)
The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the
Church (editor) (1985)
Faith's Answer: The Mystery of Jesus (1986)
Crossing the Threshold of Hope, by His Holiness John Paul II (editor)
Opus Dei: Leadership and Vision in Today's Church (1997)
^ Sandro Magister. "From Rome to the World: The Global Offensive of
the Catholic Media" Archived 22 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine., 20
^ a b c Catholic writer explains conversion, discusses new book,
Catholic News Agency, 16 November 2009
Home page of
Vittorio Messori – in Italian.
Vittorio Messori review of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"
Interview with Messori about anti-catholic provocations (pdf), in Il
Giornale, 23 June 2007
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