From September 21 to 27, 2015, on the initiative of the Research Center Markets, Culture and Ethics, Summer School will be held offering courses on Moral Theology and Ethics, designed particularly for students studying social sciences.

The scope of this initiative is to provide the basis of ethics and Christian morals for those who will work in an economic, political or social environment, in both the academic and professional setting.

It will be “a concrete occasion where faith and reason can dialogue and mutually serve one another” – affirmed the organizers – “in order to truly be incisive in culture and contemporary society.”

Lectures will be in English and, in the span of a week, will be a total of 20 hours class time. Visits are also planned to Roman sights strictly linked to the material. In addition, the curriculum foresees film forums, the opportunity to meet distinguished guests and visit important Roman monuments.

Lectures will be given by Rev. Prof. Robert Gaul, professor of Applied Ethics, and Rev. Prof. Martin Schlag, teacher of Moral Theology.

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From July 13 to 31 2015, the Department of Language, in collaboration with Polis Institute of Jerusalem, offered intensive language courses for Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
Taught in the chosen language of study, the classes haved 95 students coming from 25 countries. From July 20 to 24 there was also a methodology course for professors.


The annual journal (June, 2015) Notizie dalla Santa Croce is newly published, a newsletter addressed to alumni, friends and benefactors of the University, with a comprehensive review of activities that took place this past academic year, as well as points of reflection on current news.

Among material enclosed, discover reflections on Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si', on the Synod on the family and the Jubilee Year of Mercy, including an interview with Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella. Other articles concern topics such as neuroscience, the relationship of faith and science and the art of writing.

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From September 14 to 17, 2015, the Philosophy Faculty will hold its IV Formation Course for Philosophy Professors on the theme Liberty in discussion. Between cultural changes and progressive science.

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From September 22 to 25, 2015, on the initiative of the Moral Theology department, a Bioethics formation course on Questions concerning the beginning of life will take place.  

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Thursday May 28 2015, on the initiative of Associazione Alumni, a farewell day for students ending their studies took place.


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Friday May 29 2015, on the initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador to the Holy See, an event took place in thanksgiving for the recent beatification of Mons. Oscar Romero, martyred in odium fidei.

At 3:00 p.m., in Aula Álvaro del Portillo, the film Oscar Romero: Una Voz Universal was shown. Following, at 5:00 p.m., in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, the Card. Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presided over the Holy Mass of Thanksgiving.


Wednesday May 20, 2015, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the World Resource Institute, The New Climate Economy and the Embassy of the Netherlands to the Holy See, the University hosted a conference on The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability can go Hand in Hand.

The initiative was planned in view of the upcoming publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical touching upon ecology, release date in June. The conference is intended to be an occasion of reflection on the recent New Climate Economy Report, from which emerges, “the objectives of improving economic performance and the reduction of climate risks are complementary.”

In fact, the organizers explain “Economic growth cannot come about without taking account of the climate risks that correspond.  At the same time, emission reduction will be much more difficult without a strong economy.”

Participants at the conference include: Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, Felipe Calderón, President of the Global Commission on Economy and Climate, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and Jeremy Oppenheim, Director of McKinsey & Co.

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Monday, May 25, 2015, the book presentation for Humanism in Economics and Business, edited by Domènec Melé (IESE Business School) and Martin Schlag (Research Center MCE), took place.

Besides the editors, those present included Prof. Vittorio Cesarotti (University Studi di Roma Tor Vergata) and Prof. Paolo Boccardelli (LUISS Guido Carli).

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A ninth volume (2015) of the review "Studia et Documenta" is being published, edited by the Historical Institute San Josemaría Escrivá, in which many of the professors collaborate.

The monographic theme to which the first part is dedicated treats the figure of Monsignor Álvaro del Portillo, beautified last September on the centenary of his birth, 2014.