Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum

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Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum
Motto Latin: Veritatem Facientes in Caritate
(Finding the Truth with Love)
Established 15 September 1993
(20 years ago)
Type Private, Catholic, Legionaries of Christ, Pontifical University
Location Via degli Aldobrandeschi , 190
, Italy
41°52′51″N 12°23′58″E / 41.880937°N 12.39953°E / 41.880937; 12.39953
Website www.uprait.org

The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum (Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum) is an educational institute of the Roman Catholic Church in Rome.

The Pontifical Athenaeum is directred by the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ ].[1]


The Athenaeum was canonically established by the Congregation for Catholic Education on 15 September 1993. On 11 July 1998, Pope John Paul II gave permission for the institution to style itself as a Pontifical University.

The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum forms priest and seminarians, rligious, lay men and women, from all over the world. The training of competent and responsible students, an integral part of our mission, is the opportunity that the Athenaeum offers to the dioceses and countries of origin of students.


Pictures of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum


The Faculty of Theology aims to deepen the mystery of God and His plan of salvation in Jesus Christ, revealed in Sacred Scripture and transmitted by the Church.

Students are required to acquire a precise knowledge of Catholic doctrine, to explain it, defend it with clarity and converse with other Christians and contemporaries.


The academic activities of the Faculty of Philosophy are oriented towards finding solutions to pressing problems of mankind. It seeks to demonstrate the consistency of the demands of philosophical reason to the Christian vision and offer a rational instrument suited to theological speculation, to dialogue with today's pluralistic world. The mission of the Faculty is threefold:

  • provide training in serious and organic formation in philosophy;
  • prepare students to approach the study of theology in a rigorous and deep way;
  • answer the call of the new evangelization and the questions posed by the contemporary culture.


As the first of its kind, the Faculty of Bioethics[2] offers a complete college cycle with its three degrees: bachelor, licentiate, doctorate. The purpose of the Faculty is to train professionals capable of engaging with competence in the face of many difficult ethical issues that continually arise in the field of biological and biomedical sciences, with respect for human dignity and the protection of life of every individual, from conception to natural death.

The Faculty also offers a Master in Bioethics and highly specialized International courses in the summer.

Religious sciences[edit]


The Athenaeum runs a number of world-renowned programs.

Among the programs, a course on exorcism has gained much attention, as it served for the basis of a book on the same topic by Reverend Gary Thomas.[3][4]


Institute Fides et Ratio[edit]

The Institute Fides et Ratio (Institute for Faith and Science),[5] which is based on the guidelines proposed by the encyclical Fides et Ratio of John Paul II, is committed to the research and teaching of the themes concerning the relationship between science and faith, to provide answers to new and urgent ethical and anthropological questions that the continuous development of science and technology has raised, trying to propose, through its teaching and research, meeting points for dialogue and common search for truth.

The Institute organizes research seminars, training courses, conferences, symposia and meetings on the issues around the relationship between science and faith.

Institute for Advanced Studies on Women[edit]

The Institute for Advanced Studies on Women,[6] founded in 2003, is the first Italian center for systematic studies on women, in promoting a Christian view of femininity and dignity of women in an educational, intellectual, human and social order to increase the presence and influence of women in society.

Sacerdos Institute[edit]

The mission of the Sacerdos Institute[7] is to promote a spirituality of communion among the clergy. It is mainly oriented to training and support in the perseverance of priests through the exchange of practical experiences and proposals for pastoral moments of fraternity and communion.

Institute of Bioethics and Human Rights[edit]

A chair [8] was created, in 2010, in partnership with the UNESCO, to encourage a broad exchange of ideas and sharing of different experiences through dialogue between the institutions of higher education in different countries, especially developing countries. The UNESCO Chair provides a space for reflection, study and information on the principles of bioethics in science, medicine and new technologies, in light of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights UNESCO. Through holistic education, research and information, the Chair will contribute to the recognition and promotion of a comprehensive and integral vision of bioethics, bringing to light the universal values and principles and their legal implications in relation to human rights.

Fidelis Institute of Economic Ethics[edit]

The Fidelis Institute of Economic Ethics[9] is a center of research in applied ethics that aspires to promote an integrated vision of economic action that respects the dignity of the person directed toward the common good. It is part of an international network of research centers, the Fidelis International Institute for Business Ethics.


The Athenaeum operates 3 academic journals:

  • Studia Bioethica is published as a quarterly. It contains articles and other contributions on themes or topics of bioethics and biomedicine biogiuridica, analyzed in their ethical implications.
  • Ecclesia is a Catholic culture magazine, founded in 1987, as a magazine in Spanish, with an occasional article in Italian. The magazine is published quarterly.
  • Alpha Omega is a quarterly journal published by the faculty of philosophy and theology at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum. The Alpha Omega magazine comes out with quarterly periodicity and publishes articles in 5 languages: Italian, Spanish, English, French and German.


On 19 May 2008, the University hosted a conference, organised by the Embassy of the United States to the Holy See, to assess the value of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[10]

On 27 October 2008, the University dedicated a new Library to Pope Pius XII.[11]

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