Slight changes to Pope Francis’s coat of arms
March 28, 2013
The Vatican’s web site has posted a new version of Pope Francis’s coat of arms.
The star, which represents the Blessed Virgin Mary, now has eight points instead of five; Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, the Archpriest Emeritus of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, explained that an eight-pointed star typically represents the Blessed Mother in Catholic heraldry.
The spikenard flower, which represents St. Joseph, now looks less like a cluster of grapes, and the papal motto -- miserando atque eligendo (literally, “by having mercy and choosing”) -- now appears in a banner.
- Lo Stemma di Papa Francesco (L’Osservatore Romano)
- Same symbols, different details: Papal coat of arms undergoes changes (CNS)
- Vatican explains coat of arms of Pope Francis (CWN, 3/19)
- First version of coat of arms (CCCB, 3/18)