Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rome custom: titular church stemmi...


Anybody who has been to Rome has seen on the front of every titular church (on either side of the main entrance) a stemma of the reigning pontiff and then one of the still living cardinal whose titular church it is.

2 comments:

Boots said...

Every now and then you'd find a church that hadn't caught up yet and still had JPII's coat of arms up. I'm sure there a quite a few with the Cardinal's coat of arms not quite updated too, but I'm not an expert in heraldry.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes it is fun to see a church that hasn't had a new titular cardinal named for many years. The coat of arms of the former cardinal is still there and you can often make some fun discoveries about who had which church. Also, VERY nice to see the pope's arms properly displayed with the tiara!