- Aug 10, 2020
With online registrations open and classes scheduled to start in early October, many pontifical universities in Rome have been publishing their new safety protocols and procedures on their websites.
When the Vatican issued norms that pontifical universities offer in-person classes on their campuses for the coming academic year, institutes in Rome spent the summer hammering out what changes and protocols would be needed to keep staff and students safe.
When the COVID-19 coronavirus erupted in Italy this spring, it was a ‘baptism by fire’ moment for the new dean of theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, who formally stepped on board in January.
The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of its most famous alumnus by launching an interdisciplinary institute bearing his name.
The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has asked pontifical universities and faculties to plan to reopen in the fall and teach with students present. The universities in Rome are making those preparations, but many of them also are devising backup plans in case the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
At least 19 people at a Rome pontifical university tested positive for the coronavirus and six have been hospitalized for their symptoms, the rector said.