"I think one could say that at the most intimate level, the true origin of the university lies in the thirst for knowledge that is proper to man. The human being wants to know what everything around him is. He wants truth." Benedict XVI
"May the possibility of studying in Rome help you to reinforce your sense of belonging to the Church and your commitment of fidelity to the Pope's universal Magisterium." Benedict XVI
"There is need of a true evangelical hermeneutic for better understanding life, the world and humanity, not of a synthesis but of a spiritual atmosphere of research and certainty based on the truths of reason and of faith." Francis
"We cannot grow and we cannot educate without consistency: consistency and witness!" Francis
"Dear students, in the University you are not only recipients of services, but you are the true protagonists of the activities performed there." St. John Paul II


  • Appointments

    Saturday the 18th of February 2023, memorial of Blessed Giovanni da Fiesole O.P., Fra Angelico, Patron of Artists, the Dicastery for Culture and Education has been enriched by the Papal appointment of new Members and Collaborators for a five year term. Appointment of members of the Dicastery for Culture and Education The Holy Father has appointed the following as members of the Dicastery for... Read more

  • Undersecretary of the Dicastery for Culture and Education

    On 25 November 2022 she was nominated Undersecretary of the Dicastery for Culture and Education. She is a Professor of Economic Law in the Faculty of Banking, Financial and Insurance Sciences at the Università Cattolica. She has held various posts past and present: vicarious pro-rector of the Università Cattolica; president of the Italian Association of Professors of Economic Law (ADDE); member... Read more

  • Prefect

    Pope Francis appointed His Eminence Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça as prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education on September 26, 2022. He was born in Funchal, in the island of Madeira, on 15 December 1965. In 1986 he began to attend the Catholic University of Portugal in the capital, where in 1989 he obtained a licentiate in theology. He was ordained a priest for his home diocese on... Read more

Qualifications Framework

Academic university centers of the Catholic Church are different, depending on their aims and course contents; therefore, there are two different kinds: • Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties • Catholic Universities Catholic universities abide by national law, whereas ecclesiastical... Read more

Training offer

At the center of the overall architecture of university studies we find Courses Supply, in which each curriculum is structured in a consistent and integrated way. Legislation According to the normative indications found in Church documents, Courses Supply does not emerge as a conceptual and... Read more


In light of the Apostolic Constitution “Praedicate Evangelium”

the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Council for Culture

have merged into the



As a new website is being prepared, please consult:


Culture Section : www.cultura.va


Education Section : www.educatio.va

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