School of Church Communications

Comunicazione Istituzionale

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross established the School of Church Communications in 1996 to prepare communication professionals for ecclesial institutions. 

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The School’s program offers students solid, systematic courses in four key areas:

  • The nature of communication and the elements upon which it is based. This includes the processes of shaping public opinion, the structure of information-based entities and the language of the traditional means of communication (radio, tv, press), as well as the new technology-based media.
  • The Church in cultural context. The Church presents its message and incarnates the faith in an ongoing dialogue with men, women and cultures. This area investigates of how Christianity has developed and expressed its message over the centuries, transforming it into a catalyst of cultural change.
  • The theological, philosophical and canonical content of the faith and its impact on the identity of the Church as an Institution.
  • The application of these theories, practices and communication techniques to institutions of the Church, bearing in mind their particular identity. Special emphasis is given to how communication offices are organized, methods of communicating with the various interlocutors of the Church and the presentation of the content of the faith in the field of public opinion.

In evidenza

On Friday, April 12th, 2024 (at 9:30 a.m., Álvaro del Portillo Auditorium), upon the initiative of the School of Communication and the ISCOM Association, the Study Day was held - valid for the continuous professional development of journalists - on the topic "Information and the other 'powers'."

Among the issues addressed will be political information, freedom of speech and enterprise, the right to report and criticize, and human dignity.

For further information

On April 18th and 19th, 2024 (at 8:45 am, in the Aula Magna Giovanni Paolo II), the Conference "Tolkien: The Relevance of Myth" will be held, organized by the International Study Forum "Poetics & Christianity" of the School of Communication.

The organizers state: "The fiftieth anniversary of the death of J.R.R. Tolkien urges us to reflect not only on the importance of one of the greatest authors of the 20th century but also on the enduring relevance of myth in today's world. The epic tale of The Lord of the Rings (1954-55) was a multi-layered imaginative explosion - anthropological, linguistic, even geographical - that continues to resonate today in evident artistic, cultural, and commercial ways.

On the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic dated March 25, 2024, the Decree with the Table of correspondence between Italian academic titles and those of the Holy See for the purpose of recognizing university-level study cycles and periods in the European region, as provided for by the previous Agreement between Italy and the Holy See of February 13, 2019, was published.

On the occasion of the Easter Holidays, both the Palazzo dell'Apollinare and the Library will be closed from March 28th to April 1st, 2024.

From April 2nd to April 7th, exams and classes for the ISSR will be held at the Apollinare.

Classes for the Faculties will resume on Monday, April 8th.

Wishing you a blessed Easter Resurrection!

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