Pontifical Lateran University

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Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis
founding 1773
Sponsorship ecclesiastical
place Rome
country Italy
Rettore Magnifico Vincenzo Buonomo
Students approx. 2,500 (2004)
Employee approx. 200 lecturers (2004)
Website www.pul.it

The Pontifical Lateran University ( Latin : Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis , Italian : Pontificia Università Lateranense ) is a university under papal law and has its seat in the city of Rome .


In 1773, the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy of the Collegio Romano was founded by Pope Clement XIV and thus formed the training center for the clergy of the Diocese of Rome after the Pontifical Gregorian University was temporarily closed with the abolition of the Jesuit order in the same year. In 1824 the seat of the faculty was established by Pope Leo XII. moved to the Palazzo di Sant'Apollinare and there in 1853 by Pius IX. In addition, the Faculty of Canon Law and Civil Law was established and the Pontifical Institute utriusque iuris ( Latin : both types of law, i.e. civil law and canon law ) founded.

The seat of the educational institution, now called the Athenaeum Lateranense , was founded in 1958 by Pius XII. relocated to their current location and also founded a Pontifical Pastoral Institute. John XXIII finally awarded the college on May 17, 1959 with the Motu Proprio Cum inde the name "Pontifical Lateran University". In 1981 Pope John Paul II had the “Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family” founded at the university , which has the right to award academic degreesiure proprio ”. Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI. emphasized during visits the importance of the Lateran University as "University of the Pope" in his capacity as Bishop of Rome. Accordingly, the office of Grand Chancellor is regularly exercised by the Cardinal Vicar .

On June 2, 2018 , Pope Francis appointed the international lawyer and Vatican diplomat Vincenzo Buonomo to succeed Bishop Enrico dal Covolo as the first lay person to become rector of the Lateran University .


The university is currently divided into four faculties and two institutes:

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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.pul.it/it/rettore-magnifico/
  2. ^ Ioannes XXIII: Motu Proprio Cum inde , AAS 51 (1959).
  3. Address by John Paul II at the blessing of the premises and the opening of the academic year of the Pontifical Lateran University on November 16, 1990
  4. Address by Benedict XVI. in the Aula Magna on October 21, 2006
  5. Nomina del Rettore Magnifico della Pontificia Università Lateranense , in: Holy See Press Office: Daily Bulletin of June 2, 2018.
  6. Vincenzo Buonomo's curriculum vitae (PDF; 462 kB), as of 2013.