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

Applications are now open for the De Lubac Award, 2025 edition, promoted by the French Embassy to the Holy See through the French Institute - Centre Saint-Louis and aimed at students of Pontifical Universities, as well as universities and institutions in Rome.

The call for applications is active until July 19, 2024. It is reserved for doctoral students who have successfully defended a thesis between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

The research fields of interest encompass all disciplines mentioned in the apostolic constitution Veritatis gaudium on Universities and Ecclesiastical Faculties of December 8, 2017 (Article 70 of the Common Norms).

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

Our guest will be one of our alumnus 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 event, there will be a Holy Mass celebrated in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare. The day will conclude with a convivial gathering in the courtyard.

It will be possible to follow the event via streaming.


Volume 9, Issue 1 (2024) of the scientific journal Church, Communication and Culture from the School of Communication is available.

Various topics are addressed, from the decoding of Christian iconography to the analysis of papal messages on the World Day of Peace. Two case studies are proposed, focusing on the management of dissent by Communication offices.

Link to the new issue

Church, Communication & Culture is the academic journal of the School of Communication at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. It is dedicated to deepening the knowledge and understanding of the dialogue between religion, communication, and culture in the public sphere.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, (at 4:00 PM in the "Giovanni Paolo II" Aula Magna), the Ceremony of Emeritus will be held for Professor Luis Navarro, Ordinary Professor of Personal Law at the School of Canon Law, current Rector Magnificus, and President of CRUIPRO.

The entire academic community and all who wish to attend are cordially invited to share this significant moment with our outgoing Rector.

A reception will follow.




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