School of Church Communications

Comunicazione Istituzionale

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross established the School of Church Communications in 1996 to prepare communication professionals for ecclesial institutions. 

The School’s program offers students solid, systematic courses in four key areas:

  • The nature of communication and the elements upon which it is based. This includes the processes of shaping public opinion, the structure of information-based entities and the language of the traditional means of communication (radio, tv, press), as well as the new technology-based media.
  • The Church in cultural context. The Church presents its message and incarnates the faith in an ongoing dialogue with men, women and cultures. This area investigates of how Christianity has developed and expressed its message over the centuries, transforming it into a catalyst of cultural change.
  • The theological, philosophical and canonical content of the faith and its impact on the identity of the Church as an Institution.
  • The application of these theories, practices and communication techniques to institutions of the Church, bearing in mind their particular identity. Special emphasis is given to how communication offices are organized, methods of communicating with the various interlocutors of the Church and the presentation of the content of the faith in the field of public opinion.

In evidenza

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, Visiting Professor of the School of Church Communications, passed away in Rome.

Born in Cartagena (Spain) in 1936, he was twenty-two years old in charge of the Vatican Communication as Director of the Press Room of the Holy See, accompanied by a large part of the pontificate of St. John Paul II and the early years of Benedict XVI.

Since 2007, he has been the President of the advisory board of the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome.

The wake took place on July 6 in the sacristy of the Basilica of St Eugene (Viale delle Belle Arti 10, Rome).

The funeral was celebrated by Monsignor Mariano Fazio, Vicar General of the Prelature of Opus Dei, on Friday, July 7.

It is available to students of all Faculties Online compilation of the Evaluation Questionnaire of the II semester Courses.

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On Thursday, May 25, 2017, on the World Africa Day, the University hosted a meeting on Africa, migrants and media.

The speakers were journalist Carlos Laorden, Planeta Future-El País, and Antoine Tiabondou, from the School of Church Communications, author of a study on the issue of migrants in the European media.

The meeting was organized in collaboration with Harambee Africa International.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (11:30 am, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), the University hosted the Meeting "Education and support to break free from pornography: the experience of Integrity Restored".

Speakers: Peter C. Kleponis, Clinic Comprehensive Counseling Services (Pennsilvania, USA) and Sean KilCawley, Director of the Family Office of the Diocese of
Lincoln (Nebraska, USA).

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