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 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
To obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies
Students must fulfill the following criteria:
Therefore, 22 ECTS credits are required: 13 from the courses, 3 from the conferences, and 6 from the paper.
How to Take Part in the Program
This program is available on the internet.
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
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
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
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
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