Professor of history of canon law at La Sapienza University in Rome.

Before moving to Rome to teach at the University, Pio Fedele was a professor in Perugia for 37 years, from 1937 to 1974.

He was originally a civil lawyer, with Roberto de Ruggero and Filippo Vassalli, and later dedicated his time to ecclesiastic and canonistic studies. In 1941, at the age of 30, he published a general essay on canon law (Discorso generale sull’ordinamento canonico), in which he critically focalized on the juridical points of Church law, which in his opinion was intimately influenced by the objective of salus animarum.

The collection includes more than 5,000 volumes on legal subjects and the history of the modern Italian Catholic Church.

Before being collected in the collection, the material was treated by fumigation by a specialist company after parasitic insects or microorganisms were found on the paper. It is not catalogued.


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