Author: Giovanni Semeria
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ed. by Annibale Zambarbieri and Francesco Mores
The cleric John P. Semeria (1867-1931) was a striking figure as a scholar and apostle of charity, convinced supporter of the need of the encounter between the Gospel and modern culture, with its scientific discoveries. With the intention of showing that faith she had to fear in comparison with the culture "secular" was based in the Genoa School of Religion, which he directed from 1897 to 1,908, when in obedience to Vatican directives was silenced. The text we are presenting is the introductory lecture to an academic year of the School; in it the Semeria offers an original reading of the figure of St. Francis, at the dawn of the "Franciscan question" that began in those years to thrill the soul. The two historical introductions of Zambarbieri and Mores help to situate the contribution in the atmosphere of the time and in the development of Franciscan studies then rising.