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Tuesday, October 31


             Arrival in Rome, transfer to hotel Cicerone**** and accommodation

Wednesday, November 1

07:15 a.m.    Breakfast at the hotel

07:45 a.m.    Departure to Saint Peters Square. Entrance and collocation of the group in the precinct prepared for the Audience

10:00 a.m.    Public Audience with Pope Francis

12:15 p.m.    Holy Mass in Santa Maria Traspontina (Via della Conciliazione, 14 / C)

02:00 p.m.    Group lunch in the restaurant SATIRICUS (Via dei Corridori, 58)

03:30 p.m.    Guided visit to the ancient center of Imperial Rome to know the most important locations, ending with a visit to the Colosseum

07:00 p.m.    Back to the hotel. Dinner on-your-own.


N.B.: The participants of the Second Foundations Meeting will meet at 3:30 pm at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross to begin the program of activities


Thursday, November 2

08:00 a.m.    Breakfast at the hotel

09.00 a.m.    Departure to the city to visit the Basilicas of the Christian Rome: St. John in Lateran basilica, Rome's Cathedral; Santa Scala and Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica

01:00 p.m.    Holy Mass (place to be defined)

02:00 p.m.    Lunch in a restaurant (place to be defined)

04:00 p.m.    Visit to the St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica where the St. Apostle Paul is buried

08:30 p.m.    Meeting for dinner on the terrace of the TRE SCALINI restaurant in Piazza Navona (Piazza Navona, 30 - five blocks from the hotel). Dinner will be served at 10:00 p.m. At the end, return to the hotel


N.B.: The participants of the Santa Croce Foundations Meeting will meet at 9:30 am at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, to continue with the program of activities.


Friday, November 3

07:30 a.m.    Breakfast at the hotel

08:30 a.m.    Pick-up and bus transfer to Villa Tevere, the headquarters of Opus Dei

09:15 a.m.    Holy Mass in the Prelate Church of St. Mary of Peace. Visit of Villa Tevere

11:30 a.m.    Conversation with Mons. Fernando Ocariz, Prelate of Opus Dei and Grand Chancellor of the University (St. john Paul II Hall, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross)

01:00 p.m.    Lunch at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in the company of students and teachers

02:30 p.m.    Views of Rome from the terrace of the University and family photo session

03:30 p.m.    Beginning of the activities of the XIII Roman Meeting of Patrons. Presentation: by the Rev. Prof. Luis Navarro, Rector of the University. First Lecture: to be defined / Coffee Break / Second Lecture: to be defined

06:00 p.m.    Free time and free dinner


Saturday, November 4

09:30 a.m.    Breakfast at the hotel

10:30 a.m.    Pick-up and bus transfer to the International College Sedes Sapientiae (Trastevere district area)

11:30 a.m.    Holy Mass in the oratory of the College

01:00 p.m.    Lunch in the College with formators and seminarians

02:30 p.m.    Conversation with the Rector and seminarians from more than 20 countries

06:00 p.m.    Optional walk through the Trastevere district and free time

08:00 p.m.    Farewell dinner in the restaurant DA MEO PATACCA, Trastevere district (Piazza dei Mercanti, 30). At the end, (bus transfer to the hotel)


Sunday, November 5

07:30 a.m.    Breakfast at the hotel

08:30 a.m.    Bus transfer with luggage (According to departure schedule there will be two buses available)

09:00 a.m.    Holy Mass in the Altomonte Ecclesiastical College, visit of facilities and end of XIII Roman Meeting of Patrons 2017

11:00 a.m.    Bus transfer to St. Peter's Square to attend the Angelus prayer with Pope Francis. The group that departs at 03:00 p.m. to Barcelona, will have to be at the meeting point at 12:30 p.m. without fail to arrive with tranquility to the airport


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The Alumni Association organized on Friday, March 17 (15:45, Aula Magna "John Paul II") the preview screening of the film The Healer, Lo Que de Verdad Matter, written and directed by Paco Arango


From April 4-6, Santa Croce co-sponsored The Napa Institute’s “Inside the Vatican Briefing”. Over 75 business leaders from the United States gathered at the University to understand the current challenges facing the Church.


This is the title of the 8th annual Storytelling Competition to be held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and dedicated to the memory of Prof. Maria Antonietta Paulotto Colombino. It is thanks to the generosity of the Paulotto family and their concern for the formation of the youth that our students are able to participate in this competition.

They will need to present a story or a video which uses words and images to narrate the spirit of Evangelii Gaudium. The participants will need to present that “Church which goes Forth”, so desired by Pope Francis and so longed-for by today's world, which now more than ever is in need of real hope. The deadline for the presentation of submissions is 15 April 2016 and the prize-giving will be on 12 May 2016. For any further information, please feel free to write to: alumni [at] pusc [dot] it


The Church is in great need of priests who have been well-prepared. In order to respond to this need the Holy Cross Development Department has green-lighted a new initiative for student formation. The new slogan “Give to the Givers!” signals the new fundraising campaign for the support and sustenance of future priests during their formation.

Our objective with this initiative is to establish a sustainable and reliable source of support for responsible planning and service to the future leaders of the Church, so that they will be prepared to serve the Church as God has called them.

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