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Seminarians And Vocation

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An important transformation is deeply changing the physiognomy of the ecclesiastical milieu in Italy. This chapter, considering the situation of vocations in Italy, highlights the relation between the various models of priests and the training processes that are proposed to seminarians in order to be able to realize those models. In comparison to the narrowness of the present times the past outlines, although the documentation is incomplete and fragmentary, an Italian ecclesiastical environment characterized by a great abundance of priests. Between the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, if we consider the relationship between town and country, the former had been the pole of renovation and innovation, opening toward a new way of producing. The rapid and deep re-definition of the social and ecclesiastic role developed by priests in contemporary Italy makes any hypothetical revision extremely aleatory.

Keywords: Italy; models of priests; seminarians; vocation



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