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. 

Patroness     Flyer     Professional Seminar January 22-24, 2025

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

The Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and Prelate of Opus Dei, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, having heard the opinion of the university's governing bodies and the Academic Senate and received confirmation from the Dicastery for Culture and Education, has appointed the new Rector for the quadrennium 2024-2028, the Rev. Prof. Fernando Puig, currently Dean of the School of Canon Law.

The new Rector – who succeeds the Rev. Prof. Luis Navarro after eight years of tenure – will take office on October 1, 2024, at the beginning of the new academic year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the University of the Holy Cross. On that same date, Professor Navarro's retirement is scheduled, having joined the Holy Cross in 1986.

On Friday, May 10th, 2024, the annual University Feast was held in memory of Blessed Álvaro del Portillo, our founder and first Grand Chancellor.

As a special guest, the artist and sculptor JAGO, pseudonym of Jacopo Cardillo, was invited, known for his numerous exhibitions and installations in various countries. In 2011, at just 24 years old, he participated in the Venice Biennale. As stated on his website: "His artistic research is rooted in traditional techniques. JAGO uses marble as a noble material, but addresses fundamental themes of the era he inhabits, establishing a direct relationship with the audience through the use of video and social networks, to share the production process."

The French Institute, through Campus France, has announced a competition for the awarding of several research scholarships for doctoral students and/or graduates of Pontifical Universities to fund a stay in France (ranging from 1 to 3 months, from August to December 2024).

Applications are open until May 22.

 

Download the call for applications

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

The organizers wrote: "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.

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