Laura Demofonti

Il movimento sportivo cattolico in Italia fra Ottocento e Novecento

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  • The relationship between Church and sport is less unusual than it might seem. This essay reconstructs the story of the encounter between sport and the Catholic world and
  • in particular
  • highlights the role played by the Church
  • which early on grasped sportsâ€
  • potential as a means rather than an end. Catholic sport was born around the middle of the nineteenth century as an activity developed by church youth centres. At the beginning
  • sport was merely considered a form of entertainment useful to keep young people from spending their leisure time in a variety of «improper» ways. Soon
  • however
  • starting from the pontificate of Leo XIII
  • it acquired strategic value under the project of the Christian re-conquest of society
  • eventually
  • during the Fascist period
  • it became a tool to claim a hegemonic role for the Church in the education of youth


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