Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies 2021-2022 (English edition)

Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies 2021-2022 (English edition)

Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum

Science and Faith Institute




Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies

In collaboration with

The International Center of Studies on the Shroud (Turin)

and the Giulio Ricci Diocesan Center of Sindonology (Rome)




Presentation letter (pdf)





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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 Studies on the Shroud in Turin and the Giulio Ricci Diocesan Center of Sindonology of Rome is offering the fifth consecutive English edition of the Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies, now in its twelfth edition in Italian and in its third edition in Spanish language.

This online program offers a panoramic view of several interrelated fields: theology, archaeology, history, physics, chemistry, forensic medicine, etc. The program is for priests, seminarians, consecrated men and women, lay apostles, professors, researchers, journalists – in short, anyone who desires a deeper grasp of Shroud studies, using an interdisciplinary approach.



The program is two semesters long.



From June 1 to October 31, 2021


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.


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.


Cost (including registration)

  • Postgraduate Certificate. Total cost: € 530.00, payable in two installments: € 265.00 at registration and € 265.00 by February 28, 2022.
  • Auditors: one-time payment of € 320.00.


How to Take Part in the Program

This program is available on the internet.


2021-2022 Calendar


1st semester: October 13, 2021 to January 21, 2022

Exams: deadline February 19, 2022


2nd semester: February 23 to May 26, 2022

Exams: deadline June 28, 2022



First semester


Introduction to Shroud Studies (2 ECTS)

Bruno Barberis and Joseph Spence FFm


History of the Shroud (3 ECTS)

Flavia Manservigi (International Center of Sindonology, Turin)


Pastoral and Biblical Approach to the Shroud (3 ECTS)

Andrew Dalton LC 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, Bruno Barberis, Tristan Casabianca, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Roberto Falcinelli, Alfonso Muñoz-Cobo, Marco Riani, Luigi Rodella, Enrico Simonato.


“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, Tristan Casabianca, Andrew Dalton, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Roberto Falcinelli, Ada Grossi, Kelly Kearse, Flavia Manservigi, Alfonso Muñoz-Cobo, Rafael Pascual, Marco Riani, Luigi Rodella, Alfonso Sánchez Hermosilla, Barrie Schwortz, Enrico Simonato, Joseph Spence


For further information

Fr. Andrew Dalton, LC – [email protected]

Miriam Conoci – [email protected]

Tel.: +39 06 91689941


Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum

Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190

00163 Roma


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