Friday, April 29, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI's Episcopal Coat of Arms

If you have not yet seen our new Holy Father's episcopal coat of arms, go here. That article also provides an outstanding explanation of the significance of each element of Benedict XVI's heraldry. If you would like to know a bit more about St. Corbinian, hagiography of whom is important to the symbolism of the coat of arms, feel free to look at this. The Vaticanisti take particular note of the pedagogical function served by the Holy Father's coat of arms, as it presents an opportunity to remind us one of the many memorable stories regarding St. Augustine, a holy doctor of the Church, as well. Finally, if you would like to know more about the archdiocese of Munchen-und-Friesing, the Christian history of which figures prominently in the Holy Father's episcopal heraldry, and whence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger went when he responded to the call of John Paul II to minister at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, you can look here. In this coat of arms, one can see how the Holy Father takes every opportunity to enrich our understanding of the Church's tradition and appreciation for our elder brothers and sisters in the Faith, the saints who were models of holiness and devotion to the Truth throughout their earthly existence.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done, vaticanisti!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous sky_knight said...

I wonder what the African brothers thought! Was that Arinze I saw on the stemma? :-)

7:20 PM  

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