Pope Francis’ Coat of Arms

Pope Francis’ Coat of Arms is almost identical to the one he used as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, except the wide-brimmed cardinal’s hat at the top of the shield has been replaced by a miter, and the papal keys have been added.

The shield has a bright blue background, at the centre top of which is a yellow radiant sun with the IHS christogram on it representing Jesus (it is also the Jesuit logo). The IHS monogram, as well as a cross that pierces the H, are in red with three black nails directly under them. Under that, to the left, is a star representing Mary, Mother of Christ and the Church. To the right of the star is a nard flower representing Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. With these symbols the Pope demonstrates his love for the Holy Family.

Ampersand created high resolution 3D renderings as stock images for AgnusImages.com to be used in Catholic Publications—both print and online. To legally use these Papal Coat of Arms images in any way, they must be licensed. To obtain a license for these images of Pope Francis’ Coat of Arms, please visit AgnusImages.com and click on the “Pope Francis” link at top left for pricing.


Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th Pope on March 13, 2013. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Shortly thereafter, his Papal Coat of Arms was released by the Vatican. Ampersand created high resolution versions for use in Catholic publications.




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