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.


2015: The Year in Papal Misunderstandings

If 2014 was the year of media misunderstandings of the pope, 2015 was the year Catholics got him wrong. It should have been a defining year for Pope Francis as a defender of [Read More...]

How Francis Made Religious Freedom a Key to His US Visit

 REUTERS/Mike Segar via Flipboard In Pope Francis’ visit to America, religious freedom was a key theme in his public addresses from the White House to Independence Hall in Philadelphia. But even more [Read More...]

Raven On Hand for Little Sisters of the Poor Meeting

Several Ravens encountered Pope Francis when he visited the United States — including Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis and the Sister Anne Shepard, OSB, Prioress of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery and [Read More...]

When the Pope Comes to Town

Julie Jacobson/Pool/AP via Flipboard The papal jet has lifted off, the emoji pope pictures have been put away, the fan-girl nuns have all gone home and the starry-eyed masses have left the [Read More...]

Francis’ 10 Leadership Lessons for Bishops

Pope Francis spoke to 300 U.S. bishops today, Sept. 23, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He took the occasion to give them advice that could be understood as lessons in [Read More...]

A Pope Is Coming. Expect the Unexpected.

Papal visits follow a fairly predictable arc — they are predictably unpredictable. Remember Pope John Paul II’s first World Youth Day in America, in Denver? Church officials were told a cold, hostile America would [Read More...]