Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies 2019-2020 (English edition)

Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies 2019-2020 (English edition)

Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum

Science and Faith Institute




Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies

In collaboration with

the International Center of Sindonology (Turin)

and the Giulio Ricci Diocesan Center of Sindonology (Rome)



Applications still open! Sing up before November 18th



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Course Description

The Science and Faith Institute of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, in collaboration with Othonia, the International Center of Sindonology in Turin and the Giulio Ricci Diocesan Center of Sindonology of Rome is offering for the eighth consecutive year a Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies. This program offers a systematic approach to the intellectual challenges posed by the Shroud of Turin, as well as the opportunity to go deeper into the message that it proposes to the faith and to the heart of believers.


Who Should Take This Course

This program, which covers a wide range of topics, is for clergy, laity, professors, researchers, journalists, and anyone else who may want to gain a deeper understanding of Shroud studies, using an interdisciplinary approach.



The program is two semesters long.



From June 1 to November 18, 2019

Note: Registration can close early if the maximum number of students (50) is reached. There is no limit, however, to the number of students who may audit the program (see below).


Requirements for admission

  • hold a bachelor’s degree or at least a three-year degree;
  • Alternatively, students may audit the program. To do so, they are only required to complete the courses and conferences, after which they will receive a certificate of attendance. They will not take part in any of the exams.

To obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies

Students must fulfill the following criteria:

  • complete the online courses and pass examinations;
  • follow conferences by guest speakers;
  • write a 25 to 30-page paper on a topic approved by the Scientific Committee and directed by one of the professors of the program.

Therefore, 22 ECTS credits are required: 13 from the courses, 3 from the conferences, and 6 from the paper.


  • Postgraduate Certificate. Total cost: € 530.00, payable in two installments: € 265.00 at registration and € 265.00 by February 18, 2020).
  • Auditors: one-time payment of € 320.00.


How to Take Part in the Program

This program is available on the internet.


2019-2020 Calendar

1st semester: October 16, 2019, to January 15, 2020

Exams: deadline February 15, 2020

2nd semester: February 20 to May 29, 2020

Exams: deadline June 15, 2020



First semester


Introduction to Shroud Studies (2 ECTS)

Bruno Barberis (International Center of Sindonology, Turin) and collaborators


History of the Shroud (3 ECTS)

Flavia Manservigi (International Center of Sindonology, Turin)


Pastoral and Biblical Approach to the Shroud (3 ECTS)

Andrew Dalton, L.C. (Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum), and collaborators


Second semester


Scientific Research on the Shroud; STURP: History and Results (3 ECTS)

Barrie Schwortz (STERA, Inc.)


The Shroud and Archeological Studies (2 ECTS)

Ada Grossi (Associazione Italiana dei Paleografi e Diplomatisti)


The Shroud and Science (3 ECTS)

A series of conferences coordinated by Bruno Barberis

Collaborators: Nello Balossino, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Marco Riani, Luigi Rodella, Kelly Kearse, Enrico Simonato



As indicated above, the program consists of six courses, three in each semester. The professor of each course is responsible for communicating the format of the final evaluation of the student’s performance. The most frequent form of evaluation is a written paper to be handed in at the end of the course. If for any reason the student cannot complete the exam during the exam period, he or she may request to be enrolled in the following semester’s exam period. From the time of enrollment, each student has one year to finish all the exams.


“We do not simply observe; we venerate. Ours is a prayerful gaze. I would say more: it is letting yourself to be gazed upon. This face has closed eyes; it is the face of one who is deceased. Yet, mysteriously, he looks at us, and, in the silence, he speaks to us. How is it possible? Why do people of faith, like you, want to pause before this icon of a man scourged and crucified? Because the Man of the Shroud invites us to contemplate Jesus of Nazareth. This image—impressed on the cloth—speaks to our heart and urges us to climb the Mount of Calvary, to look at the wood of the Cross, to immerse ourselves in the eloquent silence of love.”

Pope Francis, video message for the extraordinary exposition of the Shroud of Turin on March 30, 2013



Rafael Pascual


Scientific Committee

Nello Balossino, Bruno Barberis, Gianfranco Berbenni, Antonio Cassanelli, Andrew Dalton, Rafael Pascual, Gian Maria Zaccone.


Teachers and Lecturers

Nello Balossino, Bruno Barberis, Andrew Dalton, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Roberto Falcinelli, Giuseppe Ghiberti, Ada Grossi, Kelly Kearse, Flavia Manservigi, Alfonso Muñoz-Cobo, Rafael Pascual, Alfonso Sánchez Hermosilla, Marco Riani, Luigi Rodella, Alfonso Sánchez Hermosilla, Barrie Schwortz, Enrico Simonato, Joseph Spence.


For further information

Fr. Andrew Dalton, LC – [email protected]

Vittorio Fioravanti – [email protected]

Tel.: +39 06 91689941

Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum

Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190

00163 Rome

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