An Apologetics Magazine with Impact
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Il Timone, a magazine founded and directed by an Italian Regnum Christi member, builds up the faith of Italian Catholics, engages secular culture, and supports the universal Church
|Il Timone, on the cutting edge of apologetics magazines in Italy.|
Milan, Italy. July 7, 2008. The Italian publication Il
Timone (The Helm) is a monthly apologetics magazine founded and
directed by a Regnum Christi member, Gianpaolo Barra. Its extraordinary
growth has led it to reach over 10,000 subscribers since
its foundation in 1999, with a list of contributing writers
that includes some of the best and brightest of Italy’s
Engaged in the Battle for a
In an interview with Marco di Madero on
the Italian Regnum Christi web page, Mr Barra said that
these are times that call for a reasoned defense of
the Catholic faith.
“Today, the Church needs militant
people, authentic soldiers to lead the good battle of the
faith and of charity, of good against evil, of life
against death, of the culture of life against the culture
of death,” he said.
Accordingly, Il Timone Magazine’s
objectives are twofold: “to illustrate the reasons for belief” and
“to counter the attacks of those who dispute Catholic truth,
scoff at morality, and denigrate the history of the Church."
Il Timone Magazine raises up soldiers to defend the
Church not only through the apostolate of the pen, but
also through youth work. In the past few years, about
30 Timone-associated youth clubs, called “Friends of Timone” have sprung
up all over Italy. Their ideal, like the mission of
the magazine, is to become credible witnesses to their Catholic
faith in the midst of an increasingly secularized Europe.
|Gianpaolo Barra, the founder and director of Il Timone Magazine.|
Timone Day: Supporting the Universal Church
Il Timone also brings
its readers together for a national meeting, the annual “Timone
Day,” which includes the granting of the Defensor Fidei (Defender
of the Faith) award, sponsored by the Fides et Ratio
(Faith and Reason) Foundation.
The convention, held in
Milan, began with a Mass celebrated by Monsignor Giovanni D’Ercole,
known for his frequent television appearances and for his work
in the General Affairs Section of the Holy See’s Secretariat
Following the Mass was a round
table discussion on the topic of the famous Italian stigmatic,
Padre Pio. The topic was framed as a debate: “Padre
Pio: Saint or Con Man?” The debate unfolded between several
journalists and writers who have written works defending the sanctity
of St Pio of Pietrelcina.
The event culminated with
the bestowing of the Defensor Fidei award on Louis Sako,
the Archbishop of Kirkuk and courageous exponent of the Christian-Chaldean
community in Iraq.
|Solid content and an attractive layout make Il Timone a strong sell.|
Originally from Mosul, Archbishop Sako
is a convinced defender of the difficult process of democratization
in Iraq. In the past years, he has appealed to
the world on behalf of the sufferings of the Iraqi
Christians, who have been forced to live almost in the
catacombs because of the aggressiveness of Islamic fundamentalism, especially the
The Defensor Fidei prize gives the recipient 10,000
Euros, as well as a sculpture. It is generally awarded
to an individual, lay or religious, who stands out for
his or her defense of the faith, especially in hostile
places or situations. In 2006, the award was granted to
Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the bishop of Hong Kong who
was recognized for his defense of religious freedom in Hong
Kong and China.
This year, a special award was
also given to Eugenio Corti, an internationally renowned writer and
speaker who contributes to the magazine Il Timone.
Timone Day event was enriched by many stands of Regnum
Christi apostolates and organizations, including: Edizioni ART, The
Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College,
the European University of Rome, the Semper Altius
Foundation, and Club NET, known in the United States
as K4J. There was also a stand promoting the consecrated
|Monsignor Giovanni D’Ercole during the homily at Mass.|
To learn more about Il Timone Magazine,
visit the web site at www.iltimone.org.