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Front page, 2008-12-31
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Conferenza Episcopale Italiana
Founded 1968
Political alignment Roman Catholic Church
Language Italian
Headquarters Milan, Italy
Circulation 105,812 [1]
Official website http://www.avvenire.it/

Avvenire is an Italian daily newspaper affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. It was founded in 1968 in Milan through the merger of two Catholic magazines: L'Avvenire d'Italia of Bologna and l'Italia of Milan.


Avvenire 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. 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.


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Magister, Sandro (2001-03-05). "A Church of the Rich or a Church of the Poor? The Opposition to Cardinal Ruini" (in Italian). Chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 

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