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Vatican - Personal Flag and Arms of Francis

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Today in the first public appearance of H.H. the Pope Benedict XVI in a balcony it was still used the Coat of Arms of H.H the Pope John Paul II. This will probably change in the next few days, when the new Pope would have its own Coat of Arms.
Francisco Gregoric, 19 April 2005

Papal Pennant

image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 21 October 2005

In connection with the Pope's visit to Germany, there's a series of photos of the "Popemobile" being used for the trip at the website of the Cologne archdiocese, including one at <>, showing a pennant on the left fender, white with a yellow band at the hoist and Pope Benedict's personal arms in color in the fly.
Joe McMillan, 17 August 2005

See also photos at <> and <>.
Zachary Harden, 19 October 2005

Here is a photo (photographed in June 2005) of the car flag taken from <>.
Rev. William M. Becker, 23 November 2005

Coat of Arms of Francis

  image by Luismi Arias, 28 March 2013

The arms of Pope Francis are posted at The coat of arms is the same as the cardinal's coat of arms, the miter is the same as that of Benedict XVI, and the keys are the same as those of John Paul II.
Luismi Arias, 18 March 2013

The papal coat of arms has undergone a few major adjustments to more clearly reflect the symbolism of Mary and St. Joseph. The five-pointed star has been replaced with an eight-pointed star, and the spikenard flower looks more like a flower rather than a bunch of grapes, as it did in its original form.

The Vatican published the new coat of arms on its website March 27, 2013.
Jens Pattke, 28 March 2013