Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Science and Faith Institute
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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 September 1 to October 16, 2018
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 and for obtaining the Postgraduate Certificate
To obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies, students must fulfill the following criteria:
Auditing the Program
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.
How to Take Part in the Program
This program is available on the internet, through a dedicated link that will be provided to the students.
1st semester: October 29, 2018, to January 17, 2019
Exams: January 22 to February 16, 2019
2nd semester: February 20 to May 30, 2019
Exams: June 4 to 27, 2019
Introduction to Shroud Studies (2 ECTS)
Bruno Barberis (International Center of Sindonology, Turin)
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
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, Rafael Pascual, Petrus Soons
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
Nello Balossino, Bruno Barberis, Gianfranco Berbenni, Antonio Cassanelli, Andrew Dalton, Rafael Pascual, Gian Maria Zaccone
Teachers and Lecturers
Nello Balossino, Bruno Barberis, Gianfranco Berbenni, Antonio Cassanelli, Andrew Dalton, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Roberto Falcinelli, Giuseppe Ghiberti, Ada Grossi, Eamon Kelly, Flavia Manservigi, Alfonso Muñoz-Cobo, Rafael Pascual, Alfonso Sánchez Hermosilla, Piero Savarino, Barrie Schwortz, Enrico Simonato, Gian Maria Zaccone
For further information
Fr. Andrew Dalton, LC – [email protected]
Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
Tel.: +39 06 91689488
E-mail: [email protected]