Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The new pastoral staff of Papa Benny

A closer look at the new pastoral staff of His Holiness.

Here is the description of the new staff:

On the front side of the new ferula is depicted in the centre the Lamb of God, and on the four points of the cross, the symbols of the four Evangelists. The arms of the cross are decorated in a net-like pattern which evokes the fisherman whose successor Pope Benedict is. On the backside there is in the centre the Chi-Rho, the monogram of Christ, and on the four points of the cross, four Fathers of Occident and Orient, Augustine and Ambrose, Athanasius and John Chrysostom, the same who also carry Bernini’s cathedra. On the top of the shaft is the coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI.

I read in one post that the staff is much lighter than the ferula of Bl. Pius IX which the Holy Father used after the ferula of Paul VI/John Paul II

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