Alcide de Gasperi (1881-1954) was an Italian leader of great integrity, so much so that the Catholic Church is in the process of considering him for sainthood. At a time when Italian politics in general (from the Prime Minister on down, majority as well as opposition) is putting a dark cloud over Italy’s public image, it’s nice to remember that politics in this vibrant country can shine golden as well.
Born in Trento in the north of Italy, de Gasperi is considered not only a father of the Italian Republic but one of the fathers of Europe. Near the Vatican at the beginning of a street that bears his name, there is a monument to this exceptional man: an opponent of Ethnic nationalisms, the founder of the Italian Christian Democrat party, and a tough anti-Fascist activist—he considered Mussolini “a Bolshevik in black.”
Keep an eye out for the current itinerant international exposition entitled, “Alcide de Gasperi: An European that came from the Future.”