The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.


Now is the Time to Speak Up for Religious Freedom

francis freedomThe U.S. bishops are asking Catholics to stand up and demand religious freedom.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Congress passed the Conscience Protection Act. Click here for the U.S. Speaker’s explanation of the Act and why it is important. It passed! Now it goes on to the U.S. Senate.

Here are five things you can do to promote religious freedom in America:

FIRST: Watch a short video about Cathy, a nurse who was forced to participate in an abortion against her conscience.

SECOND: Read more about the Conscience Protection Act.

THIRD: Know who your U.S. Representative is, and check how they voted on the Conscience Protected Act.

FOURTH: Write to your U.S. Senator to ask them to support the Conscience Protection Act.

FIFTH: Join Benedictine College’s Memorare Army for Religious Freedom prayer campaign.

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Tom Hoopes


Tom Hoopes, author of The Rosary of Saint John Paul II, The Fatima Family Handbook and What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Kansas. A former reporter in the Washington, D.C., area, he served as press secretary of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman and spent 10 years as executive editor of the National Catholic Register newspaper and Faith & Family magazine. His work frequently appears in Catholic publications such as Aleteia and the Register. He lives in Atchison, Kansas, with his wife, April, and has nine children.