“I hope that you may take a journey in life in order to arrive at the city of God.” These were the words of Pope Pius IX to none other than Oscar Wilde when he received him in a private audience in 1877. Prophetic words, since Wilde, a transgressive poet and writer, lover of all kinds of excess, jailed for his homosexuality, joined the Catholic Church shortly before his death.But he himself had foretold it years before his encounter with the elderly pontiff, when he wrote, “Catholicism is the only religion to die in,” and when he bitterly criticized his father for not having allowed him to become Catholic in his adolescence.When we consider the figure of Oscar Wilde, we see an extremely complex personality, full of deep shadows in which there were also great flashes of light.

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