Postgraduate Certificate in


2018 - 2019 Academic Year


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.


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 11, 2018

Requirements for admission and for obtaining the Postgraduate Certificate
To obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies, students must fulfill the following criteria:

- hold a bachelor's degree or at least a three-year degree;
- complete the online courses and pass examinations;
- follow conferences by guest speakers;
- write a 25 to 30-page paper on a topic approved by the Scientific Committee and directed by one of the professors of the program.

Therefore, 22 ECTS credits are required: 13 from the courses, 3 from the conferences, and 6 from the paper.

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.

- Postgraduate Certificate. Total cost: € 480.00 (€ 200.00 registration and € 280.00, payable in two installments: € 140.00 at registration and € 140.00 by October 18, 2018).

- Auditors: one-time payment of € 280.00.

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.

2018-2019 Calendar
- 1st semester: October 17, 2018 to January 16, 2019

Exams: January 21 to February 15, 2019

- 2nd semester: February 20 to May 29, 2019

Exams: June 3 to 28, 2019


First semester
Introduction to Shroud Studies (2 ECTS)

Bruno Barberis

History of the Shroud (3 ECTS)

Flavia Manservigi

Pastoral and Biblical Approach to the Shroud (3 ECTS)

Andrew Dalton, L.C., and collaborators

Second semester
Scientific Research on the Shroud; STURP: History and Results (3 ECTS)

Barrie Schwortz

The Shroud and Archeological Studies (2 ECTS)

Ada Grossi

The Shroud and Science (3 ECTS)

A series of conferences coordinated by Bruno Barberis
Collaborators: Nello Balossino, Paolo Di Lazzaro, Rafael Pascual, Petrus Soons

Scientific Committee
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.

Pope Francis

"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."

Videomessaggio in occasione dell'ostensione straordinaria della Sindone di Torino, 30 marzo 2013.


Fr. Andrew Dalton, LC
Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
00163 Rome
Tel.:  +39 06 91689488