Santa Croce was launched in 1984, but did not attain the status of being a Pontifical University until it added the School of Church Communications in 1996. One of the requirements of being a Pontifical university is to offer four degree programs. The first three schools were Philosophy, Theology, and Canon Law. Why was Church Communications chosen as the fourth school?
One reason can be traced to the influence of the Opus Dei founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá. Nearly 60 years ago, as the first Chancellor of the University of Navarra in Spain, he asked for a journalism program to be created.
The university website states that the program reflected the saint’s founding charism: “a tradition in the humanities combined with technological innovation; teaching based on both research and on contact with reality; raising the profile of media related professions through theoretical and practical research; ongoing relations with the professional and academic world alike, and close contact between students and alumni.”
A second reason was the influence of St. John Paul II, who emerged as the first “media” pope in a time when communications technology (television and computers) were rapidly expanding. Also, according to Fr. José María La Porte, Dean of the School of Church Communications, the Pope’s long-time Director of the Holy See Press Office (1984-1996), Joaquín Navarro-Valls, “encouraged the Church Communications School from the beginning.”
The Heart of Santa Croce is
Christ in Our Students
|Fr. John Wauck|
"I see in my students the future of the Church...bishops, professors, even martyrs and saints of the 21st century."
"For me, what is most exciting about teaching at Santa Croce is seeing in the faces and behind the faces of my students the souls whose lives they will touch. Souls whom I will probably never meet in India, Africa, Latin America, Europe, North America -- and that's the future of the Church I see in my students."
"I am deeply aware when I am teaching my class that I am talking to and with people who will be professors, perhaps bishops, perhaps even martyrs and saints of the 21st century."
Father John Wauck, Professor of Literature
The University was conceived in the heart of a saint (St. Josemaria), and co-founded by St. John Paul II and Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, the University's first Chancellor. It is an internationally prestigious university for ecclesiastical sciences. It is located in Rome, Italy. The University has students and supporters from all over the world.
The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation assists the University in its financial needs and grants scholarships to students from poor dioceses wishing to attend the University.
The Foundation accepts gifts from donors within the United States in order to support the University in training students to impact the world.