Video series "Learning Rome" on the history of the early Christians in the Eternal City
On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the fifth episode of the first series, "La vita dei primi cristiani a Roma" was released. You can watch it here.
On Thursday, January 25, 2024, the fourth episode of the first series, "Il martirio di San Pietro," was released. You can watch it here.
On Thursday, December 21, 2023, the third episode of the first series, "San Pietro a Roma," was released. You can watch it here.
On Thursday, November 23, 2023, the second episode of the first series, "Gli ultimi giorni di San Paolo a Roma," was released. You can watch it here.
On Thursday, October 26, 2023, (at 12:40 PM, Aula Magna), the preview of the video series "Learning Rome" was presented. The series is produced by our University in collaboration with students. It is a journey into the history of the early Christians who lived in the prestigious setting of the Eternal City.
For the occasion, the first episode of the first series was premiered, focusing on the life of Saint Paul in Rome.
Divided into three seasons, each consisting of nine episodes, the Learning Rome series is designed to showcase the artistic, cultural, and faith-related treasures that the Eternal City preserves. The episodes, with an average duration of 5 minutes, will be periodically released on the University of the Holy Cross's YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/santacrocevideo) and social media platforms once a month over the next three years.
The videos will focus on narrating the stories that have left an indelible mark on the works of art now admired or in those simple and often lesser-known places within the city.
Antiquity, Middle Ages, Early Modern, and Contemporary Era
Following a chronological narrative thread, the three series comprising the project cover Antiquity (first series), the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Early Modern period (second series), and the rest of the Early Modern and Contemporary Era (third series).
Through the lives of the saints who have deeply influenced the history of the Church and historical events that can still be recalled today through numerous monuments, it will be possible to embark on a virtual journey through time to discover the richness that the center of Christianity continues to offer to believers worldwide.
So far, 15 episodes have been produced with the participation of 17 students from various faculties of the Holy Cross, both lay and religious, hailing from different countries: Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, Mexico, Italy, Kenya, Argentina, Nicaragua, and Spain. Throughout 2024, the filming of the remaining episodes will be completed, and these will be presented by new students. This way, they will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the city in which they live and study for several years before returning to their dioceses.
The initiative is offered to students, professors, staff, friends, benefactors, and individuals connected to the Holy Cross as an opportunity to delve into the richness of Rome in the context of the development of Christianity up to the present day. The goal is to create an environment that, through the study and exploration of the cultural and spiritual wealth of the Eternal City, can contribute to greater and positive development not only academically but also personally and humanly.
The project is funded through a dedicated fundraising campaign initiated by the Promotion and Development Office. The content is curated by the professors of the Department of Church History at the University of the Holy Cross, Luis Cano and Javier Domingo. The titles of the first series cover the places associated with the passage of Saint Paul in Rome, his martyrdom and burial, as well as those of Saint Peter, the life of the early Christians, the testimony of the martyrs, and the history of Emperor Constantine with the construction of the basilicas of St. John Lateran and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.