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

The following appointments have been made by the Grand Chancellor of the University, Mons. Fernando Ocáriz, and are effective for four years starting with the 2021-2022 academic year and lasting until the end of the 2024-2025 academic year:

Professor Juan Manuel Mora will take on the position of Vice-Rector for Communication, replacing Professor Diego Contreras, who has held the position for the last eight years.

Rev. Jesús Saenz has been appointed Secretary General, replacing Rev. Manuel Miedes.

Rev. Manuel Miedes has been appointed University Chaplain, replacing Rev. Antonio Rodríguez de Rivera, who returns to other pastoral responsibilities after 7 years as chaplain.

As part of the activities organized for its 25th anniversary (1996-2021) the School of Church Communications has prepared the free online course (MOOC) on the Institutional Communication of the Church: Management, Relations and Digital Strategy.

The purpose of the course is to provide basic knowledge – so, it is for people who are not necessarily specialists – on the communication of Church institutions, from the competencies of the Communications Director to departmental strategies, from management to interaction with external audiences, including media relations, as well as a focus on the presence of Church institutions in social networks.


From September 14th to September 21st 2021 at the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome.

In collaboration with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, ALMED - Alta scuola in media comunicazione e spettacolo


The new Issue (6.1, Spring 2021) of the Journal Church, Communication & Cultureof the School of Church Communications has been published online.

The journal currently ranks 20th among open access Religious Journal Studies (and 122th out of 465 of overall ranked journals of that sector), according to SCImago Journal Rank (SJR). 

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