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Pope keeps motto of mercy from Buenos Aires (Official Coat of Arms)
cna ^ | March 18, 2013 | David Uebbing

Posted on 03/18/2013 4:09:49 PM PDT by NYer

Pope Francis, his coat of arms and motto. CNA file photo.

Vatican City, Mar 18, 2013 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis decided this morning that he would keep both the motto and coat of arms that he used during his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

The motto has “a particular meaning in life and spiritual journey of the Pope,” a March 18 statement from the Vatican press office says.

“In fact, on the feast of St. Matthew in 1953, the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio experienced at the age of 17-years-old, in a very special way, the loving presence of God in his life.

“Following a confession, his heart was touched and felt the descent of the mercy of God, that with eyes of tender love, he was being called to the religious life, after the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola,” the communiqué explained.

The motto, “miserando atque eligendo,” was inspired by St. Bede the Venerable’s commentary on Matthew’s Gospel.

The particular passage that spoke to Pope Francis was Jesus seeing Matthew the tax collector, “looked at him with love and said 'Follow me.’”

The Latin motto stands for “having had mercy, he called him.”

Mercy has been a particular theme of Pope Francis in his homilies and reflections. Most recently he spoke about mercy in his March 17 Sunday Angelus address, reminding the packed piazza that “the Lord never gets tired of forgiving, it is we that get tired of asking forgiveness.”

The Pope’s coat of arms is also the same as the one he adopted in Buenos Aires, with the exception of the papal keys and the papal mitre crowning the image.

The shield has a blue background, and three symbols representing Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

At the top is a sun with the letters IHS in the middle, representing the Society of Jesus as well as Christ. The lower left-hand corner features a star for Mary, and the lower-right hand corner displays the nard flower, which is a symbol for St. Joseph.

“By placing these images in his shield, the Pope wanted to express his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph,” the Vatican’s statement said.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: francis; pope

1 posted on 03/18/2013 4:09:49 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/18/2013 4:10:15 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer
Don't know anything about Francis' motto but heard that Benedict has a new one now.

Sorry, couldn't resist ;)

3 posted on 03/18/2013 4:16:38 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: NYer

For the Latin interpretation of what the motto says under the coat of arms—”Miserando Atque Eligendo”—see:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2998208/posts


4 posted on 03/18/2013 4:26:11 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: NYer

I guess it’s safe to say he won’t be bringing back the tiara. Oh, well.


5 posted on 03/18/2013 4:27:26 PM PDT by RPTMS
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To: NYer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Holy Family - Catholic Social Justice in a nutshell.


6 posted on 03/18/2013 4:32:48 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: PeevedPatriot

I got that in an email today and immediately sent it out.


7 posted on 03/18/2013 4:39:14 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

cool


8 posted on 03/18/2013 9:03:29 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

We are in for a wild ride with this Pope! A good thing really. We need to shake things up in the Vatican, the church, and within our hearts! Let this be a renewal of the spirit! Look to see Apparitions, miracles, and the grace of Jesus Christ and his legion of saints.


9 posted on 03/19/2013 6:20:24 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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10 posted on 03/24/2013 4:14:03 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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