MCE Summer School: your transformational Rome experience

Students and researchers of social sciences, law, economics, communication, etc. specialize in aspects of social life that are of great importance for the future of society. They study individual actions that, in the network of relationships, form and shape our common life in society.

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At the same time, it is important that the social sciences are not closed in on themselves. The wisdom of the Christian faith sheds a powerful ray of guiding light in our contemporary post-modern intellectual context; it offers a view of man that goes beyond a merely technical, economic, or juridical understanding.

The social sciences and religion are mutually dependent on one another.They offer each other a great wealth of knowledge and must continually enter into dialogue.

Thus the idea for the MCE Summer School was born: a series of lectures on moral theology and ethics that brings together students of social sciences from all over the world to learn, to dialogue, and to experience Rome.

How to avoid Bed Bugs going from Hotel to Home

Hotel stay are always acceptable and enjoyable when there is no chasm between reality and expectation. When we check in the hotel room, it’s always advisable to first have a proper survey of the room. There are unwanted souvenir hidden in the area where you are going to stay. And they are called BEDBUGS.

Bed bugs are found on the bed sides, like bed bugs, cockroaches, mice, etc. if you have a cockroach bite click here upholstery and area near carpets and wall. Mostly these tiny creatures are not visible and they cannot be identified without proper flashlight. If your hotel stay is during the vacation that you have planned with family after a long and stressful working environment, this check is must. We can avoid the next coming issues that can arrive with these tiny demons. Let’s have a look on the tips through which we can avoid taking them back.

Our outing either personal or official includes some previous bookings and reservations. Before we finalize the hotel for our comfortable stay, one should always follow below mentioned tips:

Tips for selecting the right Hotel(Bug free)

· Check the reviews of the hotel, on famous websites like,, etc.

· If you have still have doubts, then ask your hotel people for the recent infestation being carried out. You can verify the same from the reviews posted on the sites that are meant for the infestation process, for example Bed Bug registry.

How to check the Hotel Room:

When you have selected the hotel you need to check these below mentioned points:

· Check the bed sheets after removing it from the tucked mattress, as they are inside the seam and hidden areas. Fixed beds with the matching upholstery also carries them, you can find them with the small dried spots, and skin sheds with tiny moving array.

· Properly check these below mentioned areas in the room:

§ Bed sides and behind the mattress.

§ Pillow and their covers.

§ Head backs- Area behind the bed attached with the upholstery.

§ Pictures or paintings hanged on the wall.

§ Lampshades.

§ Carpeted area on the wall.

§ Closets and the wardrobe.

If you find any crevices or crack in the area, please inform the staff.

· One more important point to notice, bedbugs hitchhike very fast and can move from one room to other which is below, adjacent, behind or in front. So before you change the room make sure that it’s away from the affected room or the area.

· Till the time you are satisfied, please don’t unpack your luggage on bed, table or cupboard, instead open your suitcase or bag in the bathroom area or on the luggage stand.

· Avoid using the drawers and the boxes made to store things. Keep things in zip lock pouch and store back in the luggage after use.

· Don’t leave your dirty clothes on the bed or chair. Fold them in a poly bag or zip lock bag and keep in the luggage.

· Preferable, if you keep the suitcase or the luggage itself in the plastic pouch.

Prevention is always better than cure. We can assure our stay with the above mentioned checks.

Return Home Check and follows ups:

After you come back from the hotel stay, follow these steps to have a double surety.

· Just inspect your luggage outside somewhere the house to clear the doubts of having any bug near the folds, zippers and seam.

· Wash all the clothes bought back to home, even the unused oneat high temperature to ensure they don’t enter somehow in your wardrobe.

· Bed bugs are very active and good at hiding, so check properly even in the areas you cannot think off. They can be identified with some small red blood dried marks, brown skin falls, and some dusty particles on the expected areas.

These six legged tiny creatures can leave itchy marks, red patches, and very irritating nights. If you come in contact with them, they can surely come along with you. So, better be assertive and alert with the hotel stay.

There are special infestation methods that are carried away to determine the presence of these bedbugs. If you have even 1 percent doubt about their presence, please get the expertise team for the inspection and carry out necessary preventive measures.

Have a safe stay with a memorable trip!!!!!


FIUMICINO – ROME (CENTER)a4114308113_10

By train

The Leonardo Express is the direct train between the airport and the city center (Termini station). It runs every 30 minutes and takes 30 minutes to arrive.

Ticket: 14 euros

By taxi.

Taxis in Rome are always white. There is a fixed rate fare from Fiumicino to the city center: cost 48 euros.

By Terravision Shuttle Bus

The Terravision Shuttle Bus and other bus companies run between the airport and Rome city center. Tickets can be purchased when you arrive to the airport. Travel time varies depending on traffic, between 30-45 minutes. Prices vary from 4-7 euros




mce_brand_4The Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre (MCE) of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross was founded in 2009 with the aim of studying in a systematic and scientific way the ethical aspects (social and individual) of economic and social life, in the light of reason and the Catholic faith. At the same time, it has an ecumenical and interreligious approach since social problems can only be resolved by a joint effort and in dialogue with contemporary culture. MCE’s academic activities are open to scholars and economic practitioners in all areas as they provide necessary elements for a true dialogue of faith with the world. MCE does not align itself with any particular school of economic thought, and it is open to all schools of thought as long as they are compatible with Christian anthropology, as expressed in the encyclicals, Centesimus Annus and Caritas in Veritate.

Please find more about us on our web-site: link

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross was born from the desire of St. Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, to create a center of higher ecclesiastical studies in Rome at the service of the whole Church. With prayer and patient work, he laid the foundations of the current University of the Holy Cross.

St. Josemaria’s first successor, Blessed Álvaro del Portillo, with the support of St. John Paul II, brought that desire to completion, inaugurating the Roman Academic Center with a Holy Mass dedicated to the Holy Spirit on October 15th, 1984. Thanks to the assistance of the University of Navarre’s ecclesiastical Schools, the institution was destined to become a center of study and research, committed to the task of theological, philosophical, and canonical formation.

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The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is in Piazza di Sant’Apollinare, 49 (close to Piazza Navona).

Roma, 13 Gennaio, 2008: Università Della Santa Croce - Esterni Photo ©Franco Origlia
Roma, 13 Gennaio, 2008:
Università Della Santa Croce – Esterni
Photo ©Franco Origlia

From Termini by bus:

  • take bus n. 70 (CLODIO) 10 stops
  • get off at stop: SENATO
  • walk: 50 meters

For directions from other addresses, you can use: – using the public transit option under directions


Transportation in Rome


  • BIT (€ 1,50) valid for 100 minutes from the first use
  • BIG (€ 6,00) valid until midnight the day of use.
  • CIS (€ 24,00) valid for 7 days from the first use.



image002Rev. Prof. M. Schlag

Born in New York in 1964, Prof. Martin Schlag is an Austrian and American citizen. He obtained his degree in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna and holds doctorates both in law (1989) and in theology (1998). Lawyer and theologian, he was ordained a priest in 1996. Consequent upon his pastoral work in Vienna, in 2008 he became a professor of the Social Doctrine of the Church at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. In 2012, he was nominated consultor to the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice.

He is the Academic Director of the Research Centre Markets, Culture and Ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.


Rev. Prof. R. Gahlgahl

Fr. Robert Gahl is an Associate Professor of Ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he studied chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and then went to Silicon Valley where he worked with control software of electron beam lithography systems. After studies in graduate philosophy at the University of Navarre, Spain, he finished his doctorate in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and did postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Gahl, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Alvaro del Portillo and to the priesthood by Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of St. Peter. A professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross since 1991, he has published on natural law theory, sexual ethics, moral action, and the narrative structure of the moral life. Interviews and comments by Father Gahl regarding ethics and religious affairs have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, La Presse, The National Catholic Reporter, The National Catholic Register,  Relgion News Service, Cox News Service, Catholic News Service, and AP, as well as Fox News, CNN, CBS, BBC World, Sky News, AP TV, EWTN, and Vatican Radio. In addition to Italy and the USA, he has lectured in Spain and Kenya.


Crypta Balbi

What is probably the most-overlooked of the National Roman Museums, the Crypta Balbi is a fascinating and worthwhile stop.crypta_nuova

The museum sits above the Theater of Balbus (13 BC), which you can still visit.

The museum features a lay-out of Rome, showing you what it looked like in ancient times, in the Middle Ages, and how it has evolved today. The artifacts are extensive, including the Forma Urbis Romae, a 60×45 ft map made of marble that was mounted in the Forum in the 3rd century for visitors to the city.

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Location: Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 Rome

Opening times (subject to change):  Tues – Sun 9 am – 7:45 pm Closed Mon.


The Catacombs Of St.Callixtus

 3879228The catacombs of St.Callixtus are among the greatest and most important of Rome. They originated about the middle of the second century and are part of a cemeterial complex. In it were buried tens of martyrs, 16 popes and very many Christians.

They are named after the deacon Callixtus who, at the beginning of the third century, was appointed by pope Zephyrinus as the administrator of the cemetery and so the catacombs ofSt.Callixtus became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome.

In the open area are two small basilicas with three apses, known as the “Trichorae”. In the Eastern one were perhaps laid to rest pope Zephyrinus and the young martyr of the Eucharist, St.Tarcisius.

The underground cemetery includes several areas. The Crypts of Lucina and the area of the Popes and of St.Cecilia are the most ancient areas.


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musei-vaticaniI get lost in these Vatican Museums,with their eleven thousand rooms

and eighteen thousand windows-masterpieces standing alone and silent.”



Visitors to the Vatican Museums have before them some of the finest art collections in the world. It was built up over centuries through the artistic, dynastic and religious ambitions of the popes and has now grown into a museum complex of unrivalled scope and importance. Housed in sections of the huge Vatican Palace and also in wings built specially for the purpose, the Vatican Museums not only display major works of art for every century, they also reflect the ideas and ideals that gave birth to the museums.


Full price: 16 euros

Reduced price: 8 euros (students)

Free Entrance: last Sunday of the month



Baths of Diocletian


terme_di_diocleziano_iiTo satisfy the demands of the ever–growing population of this part of the city, Emperor Maximian who shared imperial power with Diocletian, built a complex of baths between 298 and 306 on his return from Africa.



Opening Times:  Tues – Sun 9 am – 7:45 pm. Closed Mon.

Tickets: MUSEO NAZIONALE ROMANO One ticket valid for 3 days for 4 sites (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano). Full price: 7 euros. Reduce price: 3.50 euros for EU citizens between 18 and 24 years old .

Booking: +39.06.39967700 (Mon-Sat 9 am -1:30 pm and 2:30 – 5 pm);


creazioneModule 1 – Moral Theology

This year in the MCE Summer School we would like to study and debate the general part of Catholic moral teaching as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This offers the possibility to appreciate the important renovation and shift of moral theology after the Second Vatican Council, founded on human flourishing and virtues as willed by God our Creator and Redeemer in the Incarnation of his Son.

In this course we will study 1) the historical development of Catholic Moral Theology and its foundation in Holy Scripture and the living Tradition of the Church; 2) the rift between Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus; 3) nominalism and its consequences in the Catholic tradition; 4) the rediscovery of Christian virtue ethics and the centrality of the Sermon on the Mount.



Module 2 – Narrative, Natural Law, and Psychology: Integrating contemporary science with classical philosophy.

Recent discoveries in clinical psychology and neuroscience confirm and complement components of classical natural law theory, especially when integrated with features of literary theory. The empirical sciences are beginning to understand the neurochemistry of moral choice, virtue formation, and personal fulfillment.Aristotle, Aquinas, and Augustine offer an integrated view of the moral life and of personal happiness that currently finds complement and confirmation in specific currents of mindfulness and neuroscience.Narrative self-understanding, developed within contemporary literary theory and hermeneutics, was already presupposed by classical ethics and yet often neglected in modern, rationalist readings of the tradition. The rediscovery of the richness of the tradition can offer fascinating synergy with current scientific developments.

This course will study: 1) narrative autobiographical self-understanding and the unity of life; 2) the anthropic, epistemic, and theonomic dimensions of natural law; 3) principles, precepts, and norms; 4) the virtuous circle of moral knowledge and the complementarity of habits and norms; 5) self-authorship and divine providence; 6) magnanimity, exceptionless moral norms and martyrdom; 7) positive psychology, mindfulness, and CBT: Stoicism or Aristotelianism? Buddhism or Christianity?; 8) addiction and freedom; 9) personal and community excellence; 10) human flourishing, happiness, mimesis, and sequela Christi.