Monday, March 18, 2013

Habemvs Papam: the New Coat-of-Arms

Merci, Xavier d'Andeville!

We will always see many variations.  That is okay.  This is a mystery for some people.  Yours truly likes this particular version from France.


 The shield has a bright blue background, at the centre top of which is a yellow radiant sun with the IHS christogram on it representing Jesus (it is also the Jesuit logo). The IHS monogram, as well as a cross that pierces the H, are in red with three black nails directly under them. Under that, to the left, is a star representing Mary, Mother of Christ and the Church. To the right of the star is a nard flower representing Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. With these symbols the Pope demonstrates his love for the Holy Family.

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