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[Catholic University of America flag] image by Joe McMillan, 9 January 2004

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Established by the Catholic bishops of the United States in 1887 as a postgraduate and research institution, then opened to undergraduates in 1904. CUA is the only pontifical university in the United States, i.e., it is accredited by the Vatican to grant ecclesiastical as well as normal academic degrees. It also offers the full range of non-theological courses as well and has an enrolment of some 6,000. The flag is divided vertically, gold and silver (the papal colors - generally manufactured in golden yellow and silver grey) with the university coat of arms on the center: quarterly azure and argent and in the first quarter a crescent of the same; overall a cross per cross of the second and gules surmounted by an open book inscribed "Deus lux mea est (God is my light)."
Source: photograph of flag at commencement exercises, published in CUA alumni magazine.
(Note: the black lines outlining the coat of arms are as shown on the actual flag.)

Joe McMillan, 9 January 2004


[Seal of Catholic University of America] image located by Paul Bassinson, 26 February 2017