How can laypeople, theologians and anyone interested become familiar with the key texts of the Reformation if they do not speak German? Today, as in the past, Reformation texts are still largely unknown in Italy.The Protestant Publishing House “Claudiana” has been committed to making Protestant texts available in Italian for over 150 years. However, the fundamentals of the Protestant thought are still unknown to many Italians.
This is a crucial aspect of the Protestant Churches in Italy: due to their niche role, they find it difficult to reach larger parts of the population on a publicistic and editorial level. Nevertheless, Claudiana’s contribution is particularly valuable. Jointly supported and financed by Baptists, Waldenses, Methodists and Lutherans, it is the only Publishing House in Italy to publish the main works by the Reformers of the 16th century (Luther, Calvin, Melanchthon). Furthermore, through the translations of both foreign authors as well as that of original Italian works, Claudiana offers all readers the opportunity to also learn about contemporary Protestantism.
Claudiana was founded in Turin on 1st November 1855 and, after several moves, it is now back in Turin. By the takeover of the Publishing House Paideia in 2017, Claudiana aims at decisively expanding and enhancing its presence in the market.