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Pontifical Council for Culture

Institutions Involved:

Pontifical Council for Culture

_Lateran University

_Gregorian University

_Regina Apostolorum

_Holy Cross University

_Salesian University

_St. Thomas University

_Urbaniana University


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Pontifical Athenaeum “Regina Apostolorum”

Background and History 

The Pontifical Athenaeum “Regina Apostolorum,” sponsored by the Legionaries of Christ, was erected by the Congregation for Catholic Education on September 15, 1993. On July 11, 1998, John Paul II bestowed upon it the status of a Pontifical University and on September 3, 2004 it received the definitive decree of canonical status.

On February 26, 1999 the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education joined the Faculty of Philosophy to the Institute of Our Lady of Thornwood in New York , giving it the ability to confer academic degrees after a two-year program in philosophy. Two months later, on April 23, the Congregation for Catholic Education established the Institute for Religious Studies to the Faculty of Theology that confers the academic status of Magisterium in Scientis Religiosis.

In October, 2000 the University relocated to its present campus on Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190.

On May, 2001 the Congregation for Catholic Education approved and established the Faculty of Bioethics that confers Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees. On November 13, 2002, by decree of that same Congregation, the Major Seminary of Trujillo (Peru) was affiliated with the Faculty of Theology.

Program Overview for the Master in Science and Faith

The Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum “Regina Apostolorum” offers a “Master in Science and Faith” that consists of 4 semesters (2 years). It is offered for those who have a strong interest in developing and deepening their theoretical and cultural competencies regarding the relationship between science and faith. The student affronts pertinent questions that arise from this relationship. Is it possible to reconcile faith in the Creator with scientific views on creation? The Master aims at a serious and rigorous approach to such fundamental questions. The Master program offers eleven various topics related to this overall theme: from Physics to Philosophy, Astronomy to the History of the Relationship between Science and Faith right up to affronting the most urgent issues of today such as topics concerning the embryo and Biotechnology. More than 24 annual lecture and conferences are offered by international experts in Science, Theology and Philosophy. Since the courses are organized in cycles, the Master program welcomes new students at the beginning of every semester.

Year A

Year B

Principal Courses


Science, Philosophy and Theology:

Is Dialogue Possible? (Rafael Pascual)

Science and Religion (Paul Haffner and colleagues)

Christian Anthropology in the Face of Science (Pedro Barrajón)

History of the Relationship between Faith and Science in Modern Philosophy (Leopoldo Prieto)

Complementary Courses


Science and Theology in the Light of the Shroud (Gianfranco Berbenni)

The History of Astronomy (Costantino Sigismondi)

Biology for Philosophers (Pietro Ramellini)

The Ontological Argument of K. Gödel (Julio Moreno)

Analytical Thomism (Julio Moreno)

Theology and Philosophy in the History of Physics (Peter E. Hodgson)

Theology, Philosophy and Modern Physics (Peter E. Hodgson)




Scientists and Believers

The Question of Miracles

Evolution and Creation

The Fundamentals of Material Physics

The Mediation of Philosophy between Faith and Science

The Mind-Body Relationship and Artificial Intelligence

Creation and Theories on the Origins of the Universe

Biotechnologies and Bioethical Issues


  1. Study group – “The Organism, An Interdisciplinary View”
  2. Research group – “GeoAstroLab”
  3. Study group – “SRM – Science and Religion in Media”


Master in Science and Faith, Series 3: Conferences, Essays, Research

Special issues “Science and Faith” (each semester) in the journal, 21mo Secolo

Proceedings of conferences and lectures organized by the Master program



Rafael Pascual, L.C., Director of the Master in Science and Faith, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy. Born in Barcelona , Spain , on April 16, 1959. PhD in Philosophy at the Gregorian University in 2003. Entered the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ on September 15, 1976 and was ordained a priest on January 3, 1991 by Pope John Paul II.



Marcello Tedeschi
Email: mtedeschi@upra.org; mastersf@upra.org
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
I – 00163 Rome
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