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, February 2, 2024, (at 9:00 AM in room A101), the Communication Day for Non-Profit took place, organized by the School of Communication in collaboration with the ISCOM Association, Harambee Foundation, and FOCSIV. The event focused on the theme The Added Social Value of a Non-Profit: Communication, Identity, and Trust.

The meeting centered around the role of communication leaders in non-profit institutions in strengthening critical thinking, constructive dialogue, and trust. In this way, they can contribute to building an informed and participatory community that carries out its mission in society based on its own identity.

The professionals who participated in the event were Daniele Chieffi, Gema Bellido, Giovanni Tridente, Nino Santomartino, Juan Narbona, and Maria Laura Conte.

On Friday, January 26, 2024, our University hosted a group of 48 students from a French classical high school in Andorra who made a stop in Rome during an organized trip around Italy.

The Ambassador of Andorra to the Holy See suggested that the students undertake a special visit to our institution, which welcomed them with enthusiasm and hospitality.

This year as well, the Embassy of France to the Holy See and the Pious Establishments of France in Rome and Loreto are offering 50 scholarships for the French language.

The initiative includes a one-month stay (July or August) in Paris, at the Institut Catholique.

The call is open to students of any nationality - priests and seminarians, nuns and monks, laymen and laywomen - who wish to enhance their proficiency in French for their study projects, research work, professional or pastoral endeavors. The minimum required French proficiency level is A2.

Applications are open until February 25th.

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From January 11 to 15, 2024, a group of students from the University of Missouri Columbia School of Journalism were once again welcomed by our School of Communication.

As part of their Europe Tour 2024, around twenty students who, for 10 days, visit various European cities such as Brussels, Prague, and Barcelona, arrived in Rome where our School of Communication organized a training and cultural program for them.

The program included a session on storytelling, a meeting with two young journalists (Matteo Ciofi from EWTN and Anneliese Taggart from Rome Reports) discussing their experience in covering news about the Pope and the Vatican, a guided tour by Ph.D. student Maciej Jasinski to St. Peter's Basilica, and a visit to the Vatican Museums.


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