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Alex Beam

The pope and a puzzling African king

By Alex Beam
Globe Columnist / August 4, 2005

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It is traditional for newly elected popes to adopt a new coat of arms, displaying heraldic imagery symbolizing their heritage or their attitudes toward the church. It has been widely noted, for instance, that a bishop's hat, or miter, sits atop Pope Benedict XVI's new coat of arms, and not a crown. That is viewed as an expression of the ... (Full article: 644 words)

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