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  • Entity: The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross was born in Rome from the desire of St. Josemaría Escrivá , founder of Opus Dei, to promote a center of higher education for ecclesiastical studies that would be at the service of the whole Church. In 1984, his successor, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, with the blessing of John Paul II, brought St. Josemaría’s dream to completion by inaugurating the Roman Academic Center, later know as the Pontifical Atheneum of the Holy Cross. In July 1998, Pope John Paul II granted it the title of University. It currently has Schools of Theology, Canon Law, Philosophy and Social Institutional Communications. Many bishops from around the world send priests and seminarians of their respective dioceses to Rome hoping to provide them with a deep scientific and spiritual formation.
  • Beneficiaries: Priests and seminarians from dioceses in Africa who cannot access ecclesiastical studies in Rome due to lack of funds. The “Scholarships for African priests and seminarians to study in Rome” Project Goal is 100,000 Euros. This will provide 7 full scholarships or up to 25 partial scholarships.
  • Costs: 100,000 Euros



The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross gives such formation through a broad and thorough work of research and formation in the ecclesiastical sciences, thus helping dioceses in the whole world to cooperate fully with the evangelizing mission of the Church.

Annual student costs are financed through total scholarships of 13,500 Euros per person for:

  • Tuition fees
  • Books and insurance
  • Food and residence