Fondazione per le scienze religiose

The Foundation for Religious Studies John XXIII (FSCIRE) is a research institute specialized in the History of Christianity and other religions.


FSCIRE was established in 1953, and in 1990 it was formally recognized by a decree of the President of the Italian Republic. In 2014 FSCIRE was recognised by the FOE (National Ordinary Fund for research Institutions) as a national research infrastructure of excellence for religious studies and officially mentioned in the PNR (National Research Program) 2015-2020. As a private foundation, independent of churches and universities, its continuous work is supported by private and public donations: among others a program agreement concluded with the Italian Ministry of Research – MIUR (2016-2021), and with the Emilia-Romagna Regional Administration.

In 2003 the UNESCO Chair John XXIII on Religious Pluralism and Peace of the University of Bologna has been entrusted to Giuseppe Alberigo and subsequently to Alberto Melloni, secretary general of the Foundation since 2007. Researchers, scholars, librarians and school teachers coming from all over the world animate the Foundation, which is organised into two Libraries: (Giuseppe Dossetti Library in Bologna for the history of Christianity, Theology and Exegesis; and Giorgio La Pira Library in Palermo for the history and doctrines of Islam), the Archive, the Collegio Beniamino Andreatta, the Giuseppe Alberigo European Graduate School for Religious Studies, The Editorial Board Journal Cristianesimo nella Storia, the Editorial Department, the Video History Laboratory. 

Responsibilities of FSCIRE