March 18, 2013

Pope Francis’ official symbols hint at simplicity, humility

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The coat of arms of Pope Francis, the same one he used as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. RNS photo courtesy of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The coat of arms of Pope Francis, the same one he used as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. RNS photo courtesy of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a sign of how much change Pope Francis may usher into the papacy, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodoxy will attend Tuesday's installation Mass -- for the first time in more than 1,000 years.