Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies 2020-2021

Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies 2020-2021


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)




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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 the fourth consecutive English edition of the Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies, now in its eleventh edition in Italian and in its second 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 15 to October 31, 2020


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 March 18, 2021.
  • Auditors: one-time payment of € 320.00.


How to Take Part in the Program

This program is available on the internet.


2020-2021 Calendar

1st semester: October 14, 2020 to January 20, 2021
Exams: deadline February 15, 2021
2nd semester: February 17 to May 29, 2021
Exams: deadline June 20, 2021



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, 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 Tristan Casabianca, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Kelly Kearse, 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 LC


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]
Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
00163 Rome
Tel.: +39 06 91689488
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