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

A new MOOC (free online course) offered by the School of Communication on Storytelling has been launched on the Discere platform. The course will be available until December 15, 2024.

Led by Professor Juan Narbona, who teaches Value Storytelling at the same School of Communication, the course is accessible in Spanish, English, and Italian. Through 12 video lessons, each lasting 3-4 minutes, the importance and power of stories and how to use them in communication are explained.

Concepts such as the power of stories, narrative structure, character creation, conflict, moral theme, and more are explored in depth. As additional material, 10 narratives (TV spots, speeches, and others) are analyzed to illustrate some of the main ideas.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, an institutional event was held in the Aula Magna on the occasion of the Emeritato of Prof. Luis Navarro, Professor of Personal Law in the School of Canon Law and current Rector Magnificus of our University.

The academic community, representatives of ecclesial movements and new communities, colleagues, and friends who wished to share this significant moment with the outgoing Rector took part in the event.


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

The meeting featured a guest speaker, one of our alumni 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 meeting, a Holy Mass was celebrated in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare. The day concluded with a convivial gathering in the courtyard.

The event was also available for streaming.



The concluding ceremonies for the respective School courses are taking place these days, with the awarding of certificates to students completing their study cycles.

  • Awarding of Bachelor’s Degrees

School of Theology, Monday, June 17, 11:00 AM in Aula Álvaro del Portillo

School of Philosophy, Thursday, June 20, 11:30 AM in Aula Álvaro del Portillo

  • Awarding of Licentiate Degrees

School of Theology, Wednesday, June 19, 11:00 AM in Aula Magna Giovanni Paolo II

School of Communication, Wednesday, June 19, 11:00 AM in Aula Benedetto XVI

School of Canon Law, Thursday, June 20, 11:15 AM in Aula Benedetto XVI

School of Philosophy, Thursday, June 20, 11:30 AM in Aula Álvaro del Portillo



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