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Motto of Pope Francis: "Miserando Atque Eligendo"

Published at 2013-03-18 11:54PM
Last updated at 2013-03-18 11:55PM

Pope Francis has chosen the motto "Miserando atque eligendo", meaning lowly but chosen; literally in Latin 'by having mercy, by choosing him'. The motto is one the Pope had already chosen as Bishop. It is taken from the homilies of the Venerable Bede on Saint Matthew's Gospel relating to his vocation: "Jesus saw the tax collector and by having mercy chose him as an Apostle saying to him: Follow me."

The coat of arms has a blue field and is surmounted by the mitre and the papal keys. Visit this article to read more.


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