School of Canon Law

Diritto Canonico

The School of Canon Law strives to prepare canonists with a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of Church law, which helps them develop legal skills with pastoral sensibility, while meeting the practical demands of legal praxis among God's people.

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Teaching follows a systematic method. It attempts to integrate the many juridical institutions emerging from the study of the Church’s Law within the diverse branches of canonical science. All this, in conformity with the Church’s vision of herself as expressed in the Second Vatican Council.

The program’s realist perspective helps the student to appreciate the dimension of justice that belongs to the salvific goods of the Church even prior to their reception in positive law.  This metaphysical realism offers a much richer viewpoint than the old positivistic outlook, which still influences some currents of canonical thought.  Students learn to seek justice while exercising legal prudence in fidelity to sound ecclesiastical tradition.
The program integrates theoretical study with courses on legal praxis.

The School has a large number of permanent professors as well as many prestigious visiting professors from the Roman Curia and from all over the world.

The School’s research and teaching are enriched by the staff’s experience in various dicasteries of the Holy See and in the Tribunals of the Vicariate of Rome. Close links to and regular academic collaboration with colleagues from other universities of Rome and of other countries also enrich the School, along with the theological research and collaboration of the School of Theology.



In evidenza

Applications are now open for the De Lubac Award, 2025 edition, promoted by the French Embassy to the Holy See through the French Institute - Centre Saint-Louis and aimed at students of Pontifical Universities, as well as universities and institutions in Rome.

The call for applications is active until July 19, 2024. It is reserved for doctoral students who have successfully defended a thesis between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

The research fields of interest encompass all disciplines mentioned in the apostolic constitution Veritatis gaudium on Universities and Ecclesiastical Faculties of December 8, 2017 (Article 70 of the Common Norms).

Friday, June 21, 2024 (11:00 AM, Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II"), the usual event "Welcome to... Alumni Santa Croce 2024" will take place for those who have completed their studies at our University during this academic year.

Our guest will be one of our alumnus from the School of Theology (PhD 2015), Father Alberto Giardina, currently the Director of the National Liturgical Office of the Italian Episcopal Conference.

Following the event, there will be a Holy Mass celebrated in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare. The day will conclude with a convivial gathering in the courtyard.

It will be possible to follow the event via streaming.


On Tuesday, June 4, 2024 (3:30 PM, Benedict XVI Hall), OMNES Magazine and the CASE Group active at the Faculty of Canon Law have organized a meeting with the President of the IOR, Jean-Baptiste Douville de Franssu, titled Transparency and Co-responsibility in the Support of the Church.

The event was held in English and aimed to highlight the work carried out by the Institute for the Works of Religion in favor of transparent and proactive management, as well as its main lines of action.

The proceedings was moderated by prof. Jesús Miñambres, Professor of Canon Property Law and head of the CASE Group.

Report of the Meeting on OMNES


On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, (at 4:00 PM in the "Giovanni Paolo II" Aula Magna), the Ceremony of Emeritus will be held for Professor Luis Navarro, Ordinary Professor of Personal Law at the School of Canon Law, current Rector Magnificus, and President of CRUIPRO.

The entire academic community and all who wish to attend are cordially invited to share this significant moment with our outgoing Rector.

A reception will follow.




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