Pope drops papal crown from coat of arms

The papal crown has been removed once again, this time no longer appearing as part of the new pope's coat of arms.

Catholic News Service reports that Pope Benedict XVI has dispensed with the image of the three-tiered tiara that traditionally appeared at the top of each pope's coat of arms and replaced it with the pointed mitre.

The pope also has added the pallium, the woolen stole symbolising a bishop's authority, to the elements surrounding the shield.

The details of the new papal blazon were published in yesterday's issue of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

"Benedict XVI has chosen a coat of arms that is rich in symbolism and meaning, so as to put his personality and his papacy in the hands of history," said Italian Archbishop Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, an expert on heraldry and creator of Benedict XVI's new insignia. "For at least the past eight centuries, popes have had their own personal coats of arms in addition to the symbols of the Apostolic See," the archbishop said in the Vatican newspaper.

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29 Apr 2005