Ninety students from twenty-seven countries are participating in the 6th edition of summer courses for Classical Languages (Latin, Greek and Hebrew), promoted by Department of Languages in collaboration with the Polis Institute of Jerusalem.

Among the countries of origin are Japan, Korea, China, United States, Brazil, Finland and South Africa. Students from other Roman Pontifical Universities and young alumni from schools of the Eternal City (six students between the ages of 14-16 participate in courses) are new this year.

Registration this summer also included an increase in doctoral and master students coming from American and European Universities, such as 5 post-graduate students from the University of Oxford, accompanied during the second week by Prof.ssa Juliane Kerkhecker, teacher of Classical languages at the same University.

The first volume of Conference Proceedings "Vir fidelis multum laudabitur" was published celebrating the one hundred years since the birth of Msgr. Álvaro del Portillo, the first University Chancellor.

The volume was edited by Rev. Prof. Pablo Gefaell and expounds on the relation of Opus Dei, the love of the Church and the spiritual message of the soon-to-be beatified bishop.

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Monday July 7th, Rev. Professor of Canon Law Jean-Pierre Schouppe was awarded with "honourable mention" the René Cassin 2014 Award for his thesis in jurisprudence on the issue of the institutional dimension within religious freedom.
The ceremony was held in the European Council Hall in Strasbourg.

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Nineteen graduate students from leading universities around the world, from June 23-27, 2014 they attended a seminar St. Thomas Aquinas on Free Choice, led by Professor Stephen L. Brock, vice dean of the School of Philosophy.

The Seminar was held on the initiative on Lumen Christi Institute of Chicago and participants came from a wide variety of backgrounds-some studying Theology or Philosophy, others English or Political Science, one even pursuing medical training with a specialization in Clinical Pathology and Medical Ethics.

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First volume on the Conference proceedings “San Josemaría and Theological thought” (Edusc, 492 pp.) was recently published, an event that took place at the University November 14-16, 2013.

Coordinated by Professor Javier López Díaz, the text contains plenary lectures of the conference, while the second volume will offer a selection of communications and will be published in the coming months.

The volume is characterized by its scientific richness, though largely being easy to read.  It opens with an article of mons. Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei, on Saint Josemaría’s contributions to the II Vatican Council, which is followed by the study of mons. Fernando Ocáriz, on the wave that Saint Josemaría’s teachings can confer to theology, a study that sets the framework of the entire volume.

This work adds to the fundamental theological bibliography on St. Josemaría, but will also appeal to those who are interested in renewing theology using the light and warmth of the teachings of the saints.


The new edition of Notizie dalla Santa Croce, the University's annual newsletter for alumni, friends, and benefactors, is now ready. Inside you will find a review of the year's academic events as well as points of reflection about current themes.

Download your copy here (6,6MB)

Thursday June 5, in collaboration with the Giuseppe De Carli Association, a Seminar day on Papal visits, between diplomacy and communication, took place.
Speakers were Mons. Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Pontifical Household, discussing Political discourses of Benedict XVI during his foreign visits, and the journalist Marco Tosatti, discussing Gesture of Diplomacy in Pope Francis’ papal visits.

Program - Depliant

Speech by Msgr. Gänswein

Speech by Marco Tosatti


Thursday May 22 2014 (Aula Álvaro del Portillo), on the initiative of the School of Canon Law, a Seminar Day on Mercy and Law in Marriage took place (info page).



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 Videonews (2'58'')

In what mode does Evangelii Guadium, the first apostalic exhortation of Pope Francis, call upon the academic community and university reseach? The question was at the center of the recent Seminar for professors that took place Thursday, May 15, 2014, participated by teachers from all the Schools as well as the Institute of Religious Sciences. Between interventions and debates that ensued, useful ideas emerged concerning teaching and researching in theological, philosophical, canonical and communications fields.


From April 28 to 30, 2014 (Aula Magna “Giovanni Paolo II”), on the initiative of the School of Institutional Communications, the IX Professional Seminar for Church Communications Offices took place.

Concluding Note

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 Speech by Card. Dolan (40'58'')

Titled Church Communications: Creative Strategies for Promoting Cultural Change, the Seminar aimed to provide “positive experiences and networking opportunities among communication professionals as well as tools for debating and communicating the faith in the public sphere”.

"When the Gospel – wrote the organizers – is incarnated into lifestyles, ideas, and cultures, a creative force is born that is capable of changing the world. The challenge for the Church communicator is to shed light upon the allure of this innovative force in the various folds of a secular and pluralistic society".

During the first day, there was a speech by Card. Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, who discussed the Cultural Challenges for Church Communicators.  Among others moreover, there was speeches by Card. Philipe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon (The Family as a Communications Opportunity), and Prof. Joaquín Navarro-Valls, former Vatican Spokesman (Holiness and Communications: the Figure of John Paul II).

Seminar Homepage


Accreditation for Journalists


Informative Note (Card. Dolan)

Informative Note (Card. Barbarin)


The Academic Community of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross rejoices for the Canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, on Sunday April 27, 2014, and joins in prayers of thanksgiving of the Universal Church for the gift of the beloved pontiffs.

Events in preparation for the Canonization

Special Amici dell'Apollinare
"Un Santo per Amico"

News on RomaSette (Avvenire)

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One Year of Academic Life - 2013/2014