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Enzo Bianchi, prior of Bose
Enzo Bianchi, prior of Bose
Bose, May, 14 2013
The Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew during his visit to Bose and br. Enzo - May 2013
Vatican City, March, 20 2013
br. Enzo meeting Pope Francis during the audience to church and religion leaders, Vatican - March 2013
Assisi, Oct., 27 2011
br. Enzo and the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams - Assisi 2011
Moscow, August, 28 2004
Br. Enzo and the Patriarch of Moscow, Alexis II, on the day of the restitution of the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan to the Russian Orthodox Church - Moscow 2004

Bose, june 2013

Enzo Bianchi was born in Castel Boglione (AT), Monferrato, on 3 March 1943. After his studies in economics at the University of Turin, in 1965 he moved to Bose, a small village outside the town of Magnano, on the moraine ridge between Ivrea and Biella, where he thought to start a monastic community. In 1968 br. Enzo was joined by the first brothers and sisters and during this time he wrote the community rule. He is still the prior of the community, which numbers about eighty members, men and women coming from five different countries. The community is also present in Jerusalem (Israel), Ostuni (Apulia, Italy), Assisi (Perugia, Italy), and Cellole-San Giminiano (Siena, Italy).

In 1983 he started the community publishing house Edizioni Qiqajon, which publishes texts on biblical, patristic, and monastic spirituality. IN 2000 he was granted a honoris causa degree in Church history by the University of Turin. In August 2003 he was one of the members of the official delegation requested by pope John Paul II to return the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan to the patriarch of Moscow, Alexis II. In October 2008 he attended the synod of the Roman Catholic bishops on the theme of the Word of God as a special expert appointed by pope Benedict XVI. In 2009 he was awarded the "Prize Cesare Pavese" and "Prize Angelini" for his book Il pane di ieri.

At present Enzo Bianchi is:

  • Member of the Académie Internationale des Sciences Religieuses (Bruxelles)
  • Member of the International Council of Christians and Jews (London)
  • Member of the editorial commitee of the international theological journal Concilium
  • Member of the editorial commitee of the biblical journal Parola Spirito e Vita, of which he has been director until 2005
  • Member of the executive board of the Catholic committee for the cultural cooperation of the Pontifical council for promoting Christian unity.

Enzo Bianchi regularly writes articles for:

  • the newspapers La Stampa, La Repubblica, Avvenire

  • the monthly review Jesus and the weekly review Famiglia Cristiana

  • the French magazines Panorama and La Vie, besides the French newspaper La Croix.  

  • He is also a collaborator and advisor for the radio broadcasts Uomini e profeti (Rai Radiotre) and Ascolta si fa sera (Rai Radiouno).