Mauro Leonardi

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Mauro Leonardi (Como, 4 April 1959) is an Italian priest, writer and commentator.

Mauro Leonardi
Mauro Leonardi
Mauro Leonardi
Born4 April 1959
Como, Italia
OccupationPriest, writer, commentator


He was ordained a priest by John Paul II in 1988[1] and lived in Rome.[2][3] Since 2015 he lives in the suburban district of the Italian capital, where he does his pastoral work. He's the chaplain of a high school and collaborates with his ministry in a parish in the same neighborhood.[4]

His first novel is Quare, a science fiction novel (Ares, 2000).[5] In 2003 he released Half an hour of prayer[6][7] (in Italian Mezz'ora di orazione, Ares). In 2011 comes to light Like Jesus[8] (in Italian Come Gesù, Ares), which gives its name to his blog. In 2012 he released his second novel, Abelis[9] (Lindau).[10][11][12] The Lord of Dreams[13][14][15] (in Italian Il Signore dei Sogni, Ares, 2015) is his last essay. From 6 December 2013 to 11 November 2016 he publishes on his blog, a collection of 152 poems, entitled The diary of Paci (in Italian Il diario di Paci). The most famous poem is "Love is not enough to love" (in Italian L'amore non basta per amare), erroneously attributed to Frida Kahlo.[16][17][18][19] In 2020 he wrote an essay entitled "Le religioni spiegate ai giovani. Convivenza e dialogo nella diversità" (in english "Religions explained to young people. Coexistence and dialogue in diversity) for Diarkos.


His blog Come Gesù (in English Like Jesus) is online since 2011. He writes regularly in some Spanish[20] and Italian newspapers as an Agi (A Governmental information agency),[21] the Italian edition of Metro International and in the daily newspaper of the Episcopal Conference of Italy (Avvenire).[22] He writes columns on several family weeklies (Novella 2000, Gente, MIO). He also intervened during some television broadcasts of entertainment and current debate.


He has been the subject of numerous controversies by some Catholics in different parts of the world[23][24] who say that Leonardi wants to change the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the issue of homosexuality: on the contrary he says that, following the teachings of Pope Francis, simply look respectfully at this reality.[25][26] He has been the object of attacks[27] by some Catholics for interviewing Vladimir Luxuria who, on that occasion, recounted his conversion to Catholicism.[28][29]


  • Quare (Ares, 2000, ISBN 88-8155-195-0)
  • Mezz'ora di orazione (Ares, 2003, ISBN 978-88-8155-646-5)
  • Come Gesù (Ares, 2011, ISBN 978-88-8155-533-8)
  • Abelis (Lindau, 2012, ISBN 978-88-7180-998-4)
  • Il Signore dei Sogni (Ares, 2015, ISBN 978-88-8155-672-4)
  • Una giornata di Susanna (Cooper, 2018, ISBN 978-88-7394-240-5)
  • Le religioni spiegate ai giovani. Convivenza e dialogo nella diversità (Diarkos, 2020, ISBN 978-88-3217-677-3)
  • Il diario di Paci. L'amore non basta per amare (KDP, 2020, ISBN 979-86-9095-096-5)
  • Né santi né demoni. Interviste “eretiche” sul bene e sul male (Reality Book, 2020
  • Via Crucis di Maria (Amen, 2021, ISBN 978-88-9606-350-7)
  • Via Crucis vista con gli occhi d alcuni personaggi del vangelo (Amen, 2021, ISBN 978-88-9606-351-4)
  • Il Vangelo secondo TikTok. Usare i social e restare liberi (Terra Santa, 2021, ISBN 978-88-6240-860-8)


  1. ^ Romana, Bollettino della Santa Croce e Opus Dei (1988). "Bollettino della Prelatura dell'Opus Dei". Romana. 6: 97.
  2. ^ Vicariatus Urbis, Mauro Leonardi. "Diocesi di Roma".
  3. ^ La carezza di Pietro, Photo. "Photo Giovanni Paolo II e Mauro Leonardi".
  4. ^ ELIS, Attività pastorale. "Scuola SAFI ELIS".
  5. ^ Leonardi, Mauro (2000). Quare: romanzo (in Italian). Milano: Ares. ISBN 8881551950. OCLC 45412633.
  6. ^ Leonardi, Mauro (2003). Mezz'ora di orazione (Ares ed.). Milan. OCLC 310220267.
  7. ^ Corigliano, Giuseppe. "Mezz'ora di orazione".
  8. ^ Leonardi, Mauro. "Collationes". Come Gesù.
  9. ^ Leonardi, Mauro (2012). "Recensione di Abelis" (PDF). Studi Cattolici. 617/18.
  10. ^ Leonardi, Mauro (2012). Abelis. Milano: Lindau. OCLC 807031290.
  11. ^ Leonardi, Mauro (2012). "Recensione di Abelis" (PDF). Avvenire.
  12. ^, Mauro Leonardi. "Abelis, la recensione".
  13. ^ Rivali, Alessandro. "Il Signore dei Sogni". Il Sussidiario.
  14. ^ Climati, Carlo. "Il Signore dei Sogni".
  15. ^ Leonardi, Mauro (2015). Il Signore dei Sogni (Ares ed.). OCLC 953778075.
  16. ^ L'amore non-basta per amare, Mauro Leonardi. "".
  17. ^ Leonardi, Mauro. "L'amore non-basta per amare".
  18. ^ Leonardi, Mauro. "L'amore non-basta per amare".
  19. ^ Bedogni, Roberta. "L'amore non-basta per amare". YouTube.
  20. ^ Palabra, Revista Palabra. "Mauro Leonardi".
  21. ^ Agi, Agenzia governativa italiana. "AGI – Mauro Leonardi".
  22. ^ Avvenire, Avvenire. "Mauro Leonardi".
  23. ^ One Peter Five, OnePeter5. "Operation Catechism: The Homo-Heresy Makes the Final Assault".
  24. ^ Dominus Est, Dominus Est. "Cruzada para cambiar el Catecismo': La "Homo-Herejía lanza asalto final para que acepte LGBT's".
  25. ^, "Funerali di Alex e Luca, don Mauro Leonardi: "Segno di rispetto che la Chiesa deve avere"".
  26. ^ IlFattoQuotidiano, IlFatto. "Funerale a coppia gay, don Leonardi: "Non si nega più. Oggi anche il caso di Welby non credo si ripeterebbe"".
  27. ^ Direttore di Novella 2000, Roberto Alessi. "I fondamentalisti contro Mauro Leonardi".
  28. ^ Vladimir, Luxuria. "I fondamentalisti contro Novella2000 per l'intervista a Luxuria".
  29. ^ Vladimir, Luxuria. "Il sabato italiano". Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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