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.

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12 Stunning Statues of Soon-to-Be St. John Paul II

On April 27, shortly after his canonization, Benedictine College will rename its student union after Pope John Paul II.

It’s the latest in a number of commemorations of the great pope’s legacy.

On April 2, his death anniversary, enjoy these statues of John Paul II from around the world culled from Flickr’s Creative Commons.

They show the universal love Catholics have for the Polish pontiff.

Madrid

]Outside the beautiful cathedral he consecrated in 1993, Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain. (Flickr photo by Barcex)

Outside the beautiful cathedral he consecrated in 1993, Almudena Cathedral in Madrid, Spain. (Flickr photo by Barcex)

Assisi

To commemorate his Assisi meetings, the ascetical statue of Pope John Paul II stands at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi (Flickr photo Benjamin)

To commemorate his Assisi meetings, the ascetical statue of Pope John Paul II stands at the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi (Flickr photo Benjamin)

 

Philippines

A Bacolod, Philippines, real estate corporation reclaimed land John Paul had visited and commemorated the visit with John Paul Tower. (Flickr Photo Gary Hess)

A Bacolod, Philippines, real estate corporation reclaimed land John Paul had visited and commemorated the visit with the John Paul II Tower. (Flickr Photo Gary Hess)

East Timor

A symbol of a nation's freedom struggle: John Paul II Memorial in Tasitolu, Dili, East Timor. (Flickr Austronesian Expeditions)

A symbol of a nation’s freedom struggle: John Paul II Memorial in Tasitolu, Dili, East Timor. (Flickr Austronesian Expeditions)

 

Central Poland

John Paul passes through the gates of the third millennium in this Wrzesnia, Poland, monument. (Flickr photo Andrew Tijou)

John Paul passes through the gates of the third millennium in this Wrzesnia, Poland, monument. (Flickr photo Andrew Tijou)[/caption]

Loreto

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A glass statuette of the Pope at Loreto, Italy. (Flickr Marvin PA)[/caption]

Yucatan, Mexico

Izamal is a small city in Yucatan, Mexico, known as

Izamal is a small city in Yucatan, Mexico, known as “The Yellow City.” John Paul II visited in 1993 and presented a crowned statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Flickr photo by Adam Jones)

South-Eastern Poland

przemysi

This seated John Paul II is at Przemyśl, Poland, near the Ukraine border. (Flickr photo by Radek Szuban)

 Phoenix

Commemorating Pope John Paul II’s visit to Phoenix, Ariz., this life-sized statue stands at the diocesan building (Flickr photo Famredsearch2009@yahoo.com)

Fatima

The dramatic statue of John Paul II stands in his beloved shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal (Flickr cactusbeetroot)

The dramatic statue of John Paul II stands in his beloved shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal (Flickr cactusbeetroot)

 Czestochowa, Poland

The installation of the world's largest statue of Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, Poland. (photo: Christ The King Church Karachi, Pakistan, Facebook)

The installation of the world’s largest statue of Pope John Paul II in Czestochowa, Poland. (photo: Christ The King Church Karachi, Pakistan, Facebook)

Mexico City

]This statue of Pope John Paul II is in Mexico City’s Zocalo Plaza and is made entirely out of donated keys, symbolizing Peter’s successor. (Flickr photo by Aidan Wakely-Mulroney)

This statue of Pope John Paul II is in Mexico City’s Zocalo Plaza and is made entirely out of donated keys, symbolizing Peter’s successor. (Flickr photo by Aidan Wakely-Mulroney)

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