The Italian theologian Angelo di Berardino, known for his work in patristic, said during admission as full academician of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED) on 13 October that Christianity spread in Europe and in Middle East in the first centuries of our era through the military and merchants, who considered the “first missionaries”. “Christianity was born in the northern towns of Palestine and spread throughout the Roman Empire, but also in the East. It was an eminently urban phenomenon that spread large cities through the ports”.


The recipient read the inaugural speech “Geografia, diffusione e organizzazione cristiana nei primi secoli del cristianesimo”, where his research focuses on the first centuries of Christianity. He replied on behalf of the academician Armand Puig, president of Ateneo University Sant Pacià. Di Berardino delivered to RAED its Historical Atlas of ancient Christianity who has edited in Italy the Augustinian Patristic Institute.