Sunday, March 17, 2013

Drawing the Papal Arms of a New Roman Pontiff

Merci, Xavier d'Andeville!


  1. Dear John, sorry, but I think you are fooling yourself with this story about the new papal coat of arms: be prepared because you can suffer a great disappointment.

  2. I was very impressed with the Coat of Arms of Pope Francis shown on one of your recent posts. It appeared altogether 'grander' than other depictions of the same Coat of Arms on other sites - I say 'the same' but there are small but noticeable differences. Are slight variations acceptable?

  3. Love that dream world, don't you.

  4. According to the Vatican Information Service (, Pope Francis has decided to simplify the rites for the beggining of the Pontificate approved by Benedict XVI on 20 April 2005 and revised by the same Benedict XVI in February 2005.

    The decision that all Cardinals would participate in the act of homage to the new Pope has been reversed. Only two Cardinals from each order will approach the Pope to kiss his ring in the act of obedience.

    Also, the Gospel won’t be chanted in Latin and Greek as is traditional in the most important Papal solemnities, but only in Greek. There won’t be a Novus Ordo type offertory procession.

    And, most importantly, the Pope has decided not to use any of the readings (I’m not sure about the other propers) prescribed in the liturgical book “Ordo rituum pro ministerii Petrini initio Romae episcopi”, that governs the rites of installation. Instead of the several options of readings contained in that book, the readings will be those of the regular Mass of the day, that is to say, those of the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

    As for the Pope's ring, it won't be a proper ring of the Fisherman, as the ring that had been commissioned by the Holy See, in solid gold, won't be used.

    Instead, the Pope will wear a silver, gold plated ring that belonged to Archbishop Macchi, Secretary of Pope Paul XVI. This ring does not contain the traditional representation of St. Peter as fisherman, casting a net in the sea. Instead, the ring depicts a bearded St. Peter, holding the keyes. This ring passed to another priest after the death of Archbishop Macchi, and then it passed to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who offered it to the present Pope, and then Pope Francis decided to wear it as his Ring of the Fisherman.

    Finally, the Pope's coat of arms was made public today, and no, the tiara is not back. Instead, the Benedictine Mitre is retained.

  5. yo Pope Francis returned the tiara to the papal coat of arms

  6. I understand that Benedict's papal miter is retained in Francis' coat of arms. I'm sure Francis wouldn't have any problem with representations of his coat of arms topped with the traditional tiara; after all I don't think B16 had a problem with his arms pictured with the tiara...