Benemerenti medals


Pontifical decorations instituted by Gregory XVI, 1832, and awarded as a recognition of distinguished military and civil services. The military medal bears on one side the image of Gregory XVI and on the other an angel bearing a scroll with the word Benemerenti beneath the papal emblems. The civil medal has Benemerenti surrounded by a crown of oak leaves engraved on its face surface. They are worn on the breast, suspended by ribbons of the papal colors.

MLA Citation

  • “Benemerenti medals”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 August 2013. Web. 27 February 2021. <>