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Salesian Pontifical University
Salesian Pontifical University of Rome

The Salesian Pontifical University (Italian: Università Pontificia Salesiana; Latin: Pontificia Studiorum Universitas Salesiana) is a pontifical university in Italy run by the Salesians of Don Bosco. It has three campuses, one in Rome, one in Turin, and one in Jerusalem. It consists of six faculties: Theology; Education; Philosophy; Canon Law; Christian and Classical Literature; and Sciences of Social Communication. The Salesian Pontifical University is an ordinary member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, European Federation of Catholic Universities, European University Association and the International Association of Universities.


The university was canonically erected by the Congregation for Catholic Education with the decree of 3 May 1940 (Prot. N. 265/40) with the official title Pontificio Ateneo Salesiano (Latin for 'Salesian Pontificial Athenaeum'). On 24 May 1973, Pope Paul VI approved its new title Pontificia Studiorum Universitas Salesiana (Salesian Pontifical University) with the motu proprio Magisterium vitae.

On 8 December 1986, a Department of Youth Pastoral and Catechetics was constituted by an agreement between the Faculties of Theology and Education. In 2012 the Faculty of the Sciences of Social Communication began to offer Catholic priests (who, by virtue of their priestly studies, possess a Bachelor's degree in either Philosophy or Theology) a three-year Master's Degree in Pastoral Communication that includes a one-year Bachelor's in Communication.

On 10 October 2006, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in his first year as Cardinal Secretary of State, gave a homily there celebrating the opening of the new academic year.[1]

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  1. ^ "2006 STATEMENTS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE, H. EM. Cardinal TARCISIO BERTONE, S.D.B." Vatican. Retrieved 2014.

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Coordinates: 41°57?33?N 12°31?18?E / 41.95917°N 12.52167°E / 41.95917; 12.52167

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