From March 9 to 10, 2016, on the initiative of the Department of Church History, part of the Theology Faculty, a Congress titled Higher Education in Church History: Schools, Teachers And Methods, will take place.

The organizers explain that the goal of the conference is to retrace all history “in which the meeting between Christianity and culture was a harbinger of intellectual, cultural, political and social development.”

“Besides pinpointing some of the highlights and important figures, we will try to identify new opportunities for reflections and avenues of research not yet trodden down, through interdisciplinary work done by historians and theologians.”

Speakers include: Marco Rizzi, from the University of the Sacred Heart, François-Xavier Putallaz, from the University of Fribourg, and as well as many professors from the Holy Cross.

Those wanting to propose a presentation must do so by February 29, 2016, through online enrollment. Proposals must include a title and brief summary of the argument (abstract).

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From Febraury 1 to 5, 2016, on the initiative of the Center for Priestly Formation, the IV Study Week for Seminary Formators took place considering the Spiritual Formation of Candidates for the Priesthood.

The study week forsed, in adittion to morning presentations by speakers respected in their fields, the active participation of all during the afternoon workshop.

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From April 18-19, 2016, on the initiative of the Canon Law Faculty, a Conference on Law and norm in the liturgy will take place, with reference to the Constitution De Sacra Liturgia, 50 years from the conclusion of the II Vatican Council.

Addressing both canon lawyers and liturgists, the conference seeks to "contribute to the study of legal dimensions in the liturgy, hoping to foster extensive and open scientific dialogue, as well as fruitful interdisciplinary collaboration."

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Froma January 28 to 31, 2016, on the initiative of the Communications Faculty, in collaboration with the ISCOM Association, the Second Seminar on Religious Information for Spanish-speaking Journalists took place, on the theme Informar sobre la Iglesia en el pontificado de Papa Francisco.



The Theology Faculty celebrated the Academic Feast of its patron, Saint Thomas Aquinas, on January 19, 2016.

In honor of the event, Mons. Angel Rodríguez Luño, the Faculty’s Deacon, spoke on, “Christ has set us free for freedom” (Gal 5:1). Philosophic and theological itinerary of freedom.


On January 14, 2016 (11:00 am, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), the Academic Feast of St. Raymond of Peñafort, Patron of the Canon Law Faculty, will take place.

Prof. Geraldina Boni (University of Bologna) will speak on the theme, The renunciation of the Roman Pontiff: the cause and effect of an extraordinary juridical fact.


Friday, January 15, 2016, on the initiative of the Communications Faculty, in collaboration with the ISCOM Association, the Seminar Communications: Instruments, Strategies And Techniques For Non-Profit took place. One of the presenters was Simona Panseri, Communications Director for Google Italy, who addressed The Transparency and Credibility of Institutions and Persons in the Era of Social Networks.

In the afternoon, Prof. Yago de la Cierva spoke on The Management and Communications of Events.

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"Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way".

Pope Francis
(Bull Misericordiae Vultus, n. 1)

The Magnificent Rector and Academic Community of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce wish a Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year 2016.


During the Christmas season, the academic activities will be suspended from 24 December 2015 until 6 January 2016.  From 2 to the 5 January there will be courses by ISSR all'Apollinare, while lectures from the Schools will resume Thursday 7 January.

From December 10 to 11, 2015, (Aula Álvaro del Portillo), on the initiative of the Communications Faculty, the 2º International Seminar "Rethinking Fiction" took place, dedicated to the theme Personal Identity, and Character and Storyline Recognition in Films and TV.

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ISSR all’Apollinare, in collaboration with the Research Center Markets, Culture & Ethics, is launching a new two-year specialization (Masters) in Christian Humanism and Economic Development (UCSE).

Information on UCSE | Depliant

Information on AFE | Depliant