The Pope's Emblem: the
The Papal Cross, also known as a ferula is the universal
emblem of the Pope
as the official leader of the Catholic Church. The Papal
crucifix is carries in front of the Pope during many
Catholic rites and processions.
The Ancient Papal Cross
Centuries ago, the Papal cross consisted of three horizontal
cross bars at the top of the cross. The three bars were
symbolic of the cross of Jesus Christ and the two men
crucified on His left and right on Mount Calvary. Beginning
with Pope Paul VI, the contemporary Papal crucifix was
created with on cross bar and the figure of Jesus crucified.
The Contemporary Papal Cross
The reproduction of the modern Papal crucifix is very
popular today. Many practicing Catholics buy the Papal
crosses to display in their homes or wear Papal jewelry
on a daily basis. The Papal cross symbolize the belief
in the Pope as the spiritual head of the Catholic Church
and Vatican City for all Catholics. It also is an outward
symbol of the Catholic's profession of faith in Jesus
Christ and living a life in the footsteps of Jesus.
Faith in the New Pope Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI visited the United States in April,
2008, he addressed the people saying, "The one
who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has
been granted the gift of a new life.- Pope Benedict,
"Spe Salvi" 2
Catholics take Pope Benedict's words to heart and recite
Papal prayers for their Pope to remain strong and just
through the grace of Jesus
Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI
Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to
Your shepherd, Pope Benedict, a spirit of
courage and right judgment, a spirit of
knowledge and love.
By governing with fidelity those entrusted to
his care, may he, as successor to the apostle
Peter and Vicar of Christ, build Your Church
into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace
for all the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son,Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy
Spirit, one God,
forever and ever. Amen.