Leonardo Rossi studied Historical Science at the University of Florence where he has graduated with a degree thesis titled «From “De regimine principum” to “De ecclesiastica potestate”: the theological-political path in Giles of Rome» (Rome, 1243/44 – Avignon, 1316). He has analyzed the philosophical and theological works of the Augustinian friar, sustaining that they had a specific political message (to support the ‘plenitudo potestatis’ of the Pope and his hierocratic project).
Since September 2015, Leonardo Rossi has participated as Ph.D. student in the ERC (Starting Grant) project ‘Between saints and celebrities. The devotion and promotion of stigmatics in Europe, c.1800-1950 (2015-2019)’, supervisor: prof. dr. Tine Van Osselaer. He is studying Italian stigmatics cases, the beatification and sanctification processes and, more generally, the Vatican response to the cults. His focus is on the relationship between popular devotion and political resignification of the worship made by the Church. Particular attention is given to published and archival sources, the lay and – above all – Catholic mass media.