Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lost in the Well of well worn plots...

I really had to hunt for this...I have been so lazy about posting to it...

I have been musing lately about life and things in general...need to add more items to my shops and felt a need to explain things to different crucifixes the popes have chosen as theirs..I googled it..(what did we do before Google??)this is about Pope John Paul ll

The crucifix used by the Holy Father is technically his crozier, the shepherd staff that is the most senior ecclesiastical insignia of the bishop and represents his pastoral authority. As bishops and the shepherds of the Universal Church, the popes have used the crozier, but ceased doing so in the 11th century. Traditionally, the crozier traces its origins back all the way to the Apostles, and it is known to have been used in the traditional form by bishops(with an ornamental crook) from the time of Pope Celestine I (r. 422-432.

Pope Paul instituted a change upon his election. Rather than use a traditional crozier – seen as a symbol of jurisdictional authority – the pontiff adopted what was termed a pastoral staff. The staff was designed by Italian artist Lello Scorzelli in the shape of a crucifix. The staff was retained by both Popes John Paul I and John Paul II. In 1990, a new, slightly re-designed staff was presented to the pontiff in honor of his birthday. This staff is still in use today....

5 inch Papal Crucifix
this is a picture of the crucifix
In a blog to follow I will find Pope Benedict's story but in the meantime here is a rosary that I listed on
Pope Benedict rosary


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