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School of Church Communications
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, 49
00186 Rome, Italy
Tel: [39] 06681641 (Reception desk)
Fax: [39] 0668164400

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Rev. Prof. John Wauck

DSC 2764Organizing Committee President. Rev. Prof. John Wauck (USA), a Chicago native, studied history and literature at Harvard University and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Prior to ordination, he wrote speeches for the attorney general of the United States and the governor of Pennsylvania. He has written for many publications, including American Scholar, Christian Science Monitor, The New Criterion, Beliefnet, and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly. He has also commented on Church affairs for CNN, BBC, ABC, CBS, Associated Press TV, Reuters, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Time magazine, and U.S. News and World Report. Currently he teaches Literature and Communication of the Faith at Santa Croce.

Prof. Daniel Arasa

altDaniel Arasa was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1971. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism (1994) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, a Bachelor's Degree in Theology (1999) from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, a M.A. in Television and Radio (2001) from the Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX, and a PhD in Social Institutional Communications (2007) from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. From 1994 to 1997, he worked as a journalist in the political, social and local sections of Europa Press news agency, Spain. Since 2001, he has taught Digital Communications at the School of Church Communications of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He has published Church Communications Through Diocesan Websites. A Model of Analysis (2008), and is co-editor of Religious Internet Communication. Facts, Trends and Experiences in the Catholic Church (2010).

Prof. Diego Contreras

contreras 1Faculty, School of Institutional Communications. Prof. Diego Contreras (Spain) is a Professor of Journalistic Analysis at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He is the Vatican Correspondent for Aceprensa and formerly the Italy Correspondent for Europe Press. He served at the Dean of the Faculty of Institutional Communications from 2007 - 2011. He holds a Doctorate from the University of Navarre. 

Prof. Manuel F. Sánchez

Manuel FandilaISCOM. A lawyer and journalist, Manuel Sánchez (Spain) is vice-president of ISCOM - Association for the Promotion of Institutional Communication (Italy), member of the Directive Committee of Intermedia Consulting (Italia-USA), and Vice-President of the Fundación Estudios de la Comunicación (Spain). He is a professor of Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. 

Mr. Sergio Destito

DestitoMr. Sergio Destito (Italy) is the Secretary of the Board of the Schools of Theology, Canon Law, Philosophy & Church Communications at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Mr. Destito graduated in Law at La Sapienza University of Rome, has also received a Master in Management and Business Strategy and a Master in Marketing Management. Before starting his experience at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, he worked in several national and multinational companies.

Mr. Daniele Sebastianelli

img 3042Daniel Sebastianelli is the Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the 9th Professional Seminar for Church Communications Offices.
Graduated in Institutional Communication at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, he has worked for several events with the Press Office of the Holy See and the National Office for Social Communications of the Italian Episcopal Conference.