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. 


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 the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, on Thursday, April 29, 2021 the School of Church Communications celebrated its Patroness. For the occasion, the second of the six meetings of the "Inspiring Trust" webinar series was held in the Aula magna, scheduled for every Thursday afternoon until May 27th.

Karen Sanders, St Mary's University (UK), Juan Manuel Mora, University of the Holy Cross, and Hugo Doyle, of Intesa San Paolo, spoke.

At the end of the webinar, a Holy Mass was celebrated in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare.

More information on Inspiring Trust

The 12th Professional Seminar for Church Communication Offices organized by the Pontifical University of Santa Croce (Rome) will consist of a webinar which will be held on April 22 and 29 and on May 6, 13, 20, and 27.

The seminar, which is held every two years in Rome and brings together communication professionals from around the world, was initially postponed from April 2020 to April 2021. Now, the foreseeable evolution of the pandemic over the next few months suggests that we forgo the face-to-face meeting.

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the Feast of the University took place in memory of Blessed Álvaro del Portillo, our first Grand Chancellor. The celebration began at 3pm in the main auditorium "Giovanni Paolo II".

The journalist Valentina Alazraki, correspondent and vaticanist of Televisa (Mexico), spoke about her professional experience accompanying the latest pontificates, from St. John Paul II to Pope Francis.

Festa dell'Università in ricordo del Beato Álvaro del Portillo

On Friday, February 26, 2021 (Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II") there was a "celebratory day" for the 25th anniversary of the School of Church Communications, erected in 1996.

There was a face-to-face meeting for professors in the morning, and an online event for students and alumni in the afternoon.

Program of the Day | More activities for the Anniversary | Press release (it)


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