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Front page, 31 December 2008
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Conferenza Episcopale Italiana
Founded 1968; 47 years ago (1968)
Political alignment Roman Catholic Church
Language Italian
Headquarters Milan, Italy
Circulation 106,928 (2010)
Website Avvenire

Avvenire is an Italian daily newspaper which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is based in Milan.

History and profile[edit]

Avvenire was founded in 1968 in Milan through the merger of two Catholic magazines: L'Avvenire d'Italia of Bologna and l'Italia of Milan. The paper was strongly supported by Pope Paul VI who, taking into account the changing times, wanted a common cultural medium for Italian Catholics. Throughout its history, Avvenire has maintained this characteristic, despite pressures to accommodate itself to the needs of a society in evolution. For example, in the middle of the 1990s, under the editorship of Dino Boffo, it increased its coverage of civil society and extended the parts of the newspaper devoted to cultural debate.

New initiatives were also launched. In February 1996, a biweekly insert under the name of "Popotus" was published devoted exclusively to youth, for whom three other inserts were also included: "Luoghi dell'Infinito", "Noi Genitori e Figli", "Non Profit". In 1998, an Internet edition began to be published.

The newspaper belongs to the Italian Episcopal Conference.[1] According to journalist Sandro Magister, it follows the doctrinal line of Cardinal Camillo Ruini.[2]

On 7 March 2002, Avvenire experienced a major change with the format and content. From that time, a number of new inserts have been included: "è lavoro" (about job and employment), "è vita" (about bioethics), and "Agorà domenica" (about culture).

These innovations have led to a steady increase in its circulation, significant given the general decline in sales of other Italian newspapers. The average number of copies sold each day in February 2005 was 103,000. In 2008 the paper had a circulation of 105,812 copies.[3]

As of 2009 Dino Boffo was the editor of the newspaper.[1] The circulation of Avvenire was 106,306 copies in 2009 and 106,928 copies in 2010.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Italy's Catholic church 'mortified' by Silvio Berlusconi's private life". The Telegraph. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Sandro Magister (5 March 2001). "A Church of the Rich or a Church of the Poor? The Opposition to Cardinal Ruini". Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Data for average Newspaper circulation (Diffusione media (Italia + Estero)) from the Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa (Ads) survey on 2008 in Italy
    "Dati certificati 2008" (XLS) (in Italian). adsnotizie.it. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "National newspapers total circulation". International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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