Centro di Ricerca "Markets, Culture & Ethics"


The Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre (MCE) of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy was founded in 2009 to study the ethical dimensions (social and individual) of economic and social life in a systematic and scientific way, in the light of reason and the Catholic faith.

Its purpose is to foster dialogue between faith and contemporary culture for the promotion of a positive transformation of society and global development.

MCE Research Centre’s activities focus on deepening and disseminating Catholic perspectives, through research and academic events, on the relation between ethics, culture and the economy and on the role and conduct of business in society. 

MCE does not align with any particular school of economic thought and is open to all traditions willing to dialogue with Christian anthropology and perspective. At the same time, MCE has an ecumenical and interreligious approach since social problems can only be resolved by a joint effort and in dialogue with contemporary culture regarding the meaning of a more humane economy.

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In evidenza

The course Discover the Foundational Charism Living the Virtues at Padre Pio’s Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital is now in its ninth year and has a record number of 59 participants attending.

Prof. Martin Schlag led the first module (February 5-6) on the charism of the hospital and theological reflections on sickness and suffering. He focused his attention in the importance of seeking holiness the ordinary life.

Profs. Juan Andrés Mercado, Sonia Vazzano and Valentina Zaffino led the second module (March 12-13) introducing emotions and virtues. The use of case studies helped the audience to understand the cardinal virtues and how to use them in daily life.



The MCE Research Centre continues its research seminar series on Catholic Social Thought: Perspective & Practice in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Finance with two seminars in March and April. Both seminars will be in English and are open to the public:

March 28 at 3:00 pm in classroom A304 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Fr. Anthony Stoeppel will present Diocesan Savings and Credit Operations: Parishes Investing in Parishes.

April 4 at 3:00 pm in classroom A304 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Dr. Mark Hanssen will present Microfinance, Savings Groups and Human Dignity: Practical Responses to Market Limitations.

Saturday, February 9 the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross hosted a workshop on The Managerial Challenges in the Governance of Pontifical Universities and Institutes: Reflections on the Example of the Marist Brothers. The event, inspired by the work of the Program of Church Management (PCM), was organized by the Conference of Rectors of the Roman Pontifical Universities and Institutes (CRUIPRO) in collaboration with PCM and the MCE Research Centre. Dozens of participants from the various Pontifical institutes attended, including rectors, general secretaries, bursars, and deans.

On December 5 prof. Leonardo Becchetti will talk about Financial Ethics. How Financial Insitutions can Serve the Church from 2:45 to 6:30pm.

The class is part of the Program of Church Management (PCM), a year-long part-time course on how to use the material assets of the Church honestly, using best managerial practices in conformity with the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

PCM’s second cohort starts on February 2019. It is compatible with existing studies at any Pontifical University in Rome. If you are working for ecclesiastical organizations throughout the world you can also apply for one or more of the Intensive Weeks.

pcm [at] pusc.it (Please register here)


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