Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre (MCE)


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.



In evidenza

Workshop: Transparency and Accountability in the Catholic Church - A Practical Journey. June 17-21, 2024

On June 17-21, 2024, the Markets, Culture and Ethics (MCE) Research Centre will host the International Workshop Transparency and Accountability in the Catholic Church: A Practical Journey​​. The workshop was developed in collaboration with St. Thomas University's John A. Ryan Institute, St. Mary University in Twickenham, London, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 

The workshop aims to empower Catholic Church leaders by providing them with actionable insights for implementing transparency within their organisations or areas of influence. Specific objectives include:

  • Investigating transparency from every angle: our all-encompassing approach will investigate the ethical, financial, accounting, cultural, and communicative aspects of transparency.
  • Providing leaders with the tools and strategies they need to foster a culture of transparency within their respective domains.
  • Providing a 360-Degree Practical Approach: Participants will walk away with a customised action plan designed to catalyse tangible change within their organisations.

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Dear friends,

the Markets, Culture and Ethics research centre wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year through the words of the Director Msgr. Prof. Martin Schlag.


The Markets, Culture and Ethics research centre of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is seeking for an intern for the role of  part-time organizational assistant (20 hours/week) from 1 January to 30 June 2024. The assistant will work on the promotion and organization of the Workshop in Transparency and Accountability in the Catholic Church to be held in June 2024.

On October 3rd Luca Mongelli (MCE Executive Director, IESE Marie Curie Fellow) was guest on the program Di Buon Mattino broadcast on Tv2000 to talk about Ridaje, the start-up with a social vocation - of which he is a founding member - which turns the homeless into gardeners of the public green of the city of Rome.

Ridaje's purpose is to generate an impact on all those people typically excluded from the social context, exploiting the potential of the market through particular business models.

From 2019 to today many areas of the city of Rome have been redeveloped thanks to the work of homeless properly trained in the role of gardeners. Ridaje has triggered a mechanism that sees the active participation of citizenship, the enhancement of the person and the good of the community through the provision of these urban gardening services.


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