Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Science and Faith Institute
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:
Cost (including registration)
How to Take Part in the Program
This program is available on the internet.
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
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
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