A Rational Search for Truth

The School of Philosophy's Unified Approach

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Speakers at first session of the philosophical conference “The Metaphysical Dimensions of Nature”. Fr. Rafael Martinez (Santa Croce) at the podium, and from left to right: Dr. Enrico Berti (University of Padova), Fr. Kevin Flannery (Gregorian University), and Fr. Stephen L. Brock (Santa Croce).

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” St. John Paul II

These opening words from St. John Paul II’s encyclical on the relation between faith and reason are a succinct and beautiful expression of the principle at the core of Santa Croce’s School of Philosophy. In the history of Christian philosophy there are a few other famous expressions of this basic idea. St. Augustine wrote, “I believe in order that I may understand.” Another phrase from St. Anselm of Canterbury is his motto, “faith seeks understanding.”

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Santa Croce Hosts Symposium

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Pope Francis greets Fr. Phillip Goyret, Dean of the School of Theology, at the Celementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, where the Holy Father presented the Ratzinger Prize to two scholars who distinguished themselves through their work in theology. 

Since its inception in 2010, the Joseph  Ratzinger - Benedict XVI Foundation has recognized scholars whose work demonstrates a meaningful contribution to theology in the spirit  of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI).

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in partnership with the Foundation, sponsored a symposium on November 24-25, 2016, titled: “Eschatology: Analysis and Perspective” which was held at the university. 

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A New Leader for Opus Dei and Santa Croce

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[January 24, 2017 - From the internet edition of the Catholic Herald Newspaper]

Mgr Fernando Ocáriz Braña has been elected the new prelate of Opus Dei, with Pope Francis approving the election on Monday.

Mgr Ocáriz takes on the leadership of Opus Dei, a personal prelature that aims to  help ordinary people seek holiness in everyday life, following the death of the previous prelate, Mgr Javier Echevarría on December 12.

Since 1994 he has been the Vicar General of Opus Dei and in 2014 he was named Auxiliary Vicar of the Prelature. Over the past 22 years he accompanied Mgr Echevarría in his pastoral trips to more than 70 countries. In the 1960s, as a theology student, he lived in Rome alongside St Josemaría, the founder of Opus Dei.

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Rest in Peace Grand Chancellor Bishop Javier Echevarría

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With hearts full of sadness, but also full of hope, we announce the death of Msgr. Javier Echevarría, the Grand Chancellor of Santa Croce and Prelate of Opus Dei, who passed away on the night of December 12th at the age of 84. 

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Marriage Process Reform - Free Online Course

The university’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was recently launched by the Canon Law department. MOOC courses are available to an unlimited number of students at no cost over the internet. The course is An Introduction to the Canonical Marriage Process Reform, designed for professionals in the field, is in response to reforms initiated by Pope Francis in 2015. Course lectures, accompanied by multimedia material, are offered by Santa Croce professors Héctor Franceschi, Miguel Ángel Ortiz and Massimo del Pozzo. This course (in Italian)is a new way for the university to serve the worldwide church. 

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You may request a demo of the course at this website address:

http://pusc.laab2.com/demo-ondemand-canonico/

The university will send you an email link to sign up for the course. You may also request information for other online courses.

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New Journal "Church, Communication & Culture"

The Faculty of Church Communications, celebrating its XX anniversary this year, just launched an academic journalcalled Church, Communication & Culture, which is of international character and gratuitously offered online. 

The journal, dedicated to “deepen the knowledge and dialogue between religion, communication and culture in the public sphere”, is published by the English publishing house, Taylor & Francis.

 

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Church Communications in the Spotlight

Krakow_graphic.jpgA recent graduate from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross’ Licentiate Program in Church Communications, Jamie Lynn Black, is a young American working on the International Media Team for World Youth Day in Krakow. She previously had the opportunity to coordinate international media for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, and is featured in a recent article by CNA which highlights emerging trends in the Church’s engagement with social media. Click here to read the full article.

 

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"Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis"

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When God Awakens the Hope of the Littlest Ones

I do not know which would be the best adjectives for describing what the recent trip of Holy Father Francis meant for Mexico. Perhaps better than an adjective, is the verb “awaken”, the best-adapted term for describing how much this visit meant for a people for so long lost in the midst of a rough road, plagued by corruption and violence. But what was the importance of this trip? Why was it necessary that Pope Francis had to visit Mexico?

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Workshop on Consecrated Life

In obedience to Pope Francis's call to live the Year of Consecrated Life, Santa Croce is offering a workshop to reflect on consecrated life, to hear the testimony and pray with and for the religious.

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