Pope Francis Chooses Original Design of the Fisherman’s Ring Intended For Paul VI 21

Source: Zenit.org

In a statement released to journalists, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office gave new information on the Ring of the Fisherman. The ring was given to Pope Francis at the beginning of the Inauguration of the Petrine Ministry Mass today held in St. Peter’s Square.

The Ring of the Fisherman, which depicts the apostle St. Peter holding keys, was designed by the artist Henry Manfrini and was originally made for Pope Paul VI. “The ring was never cast into metal, and Paul VI had never wore it because he always wore the ring that was commissioned at the time of the Second Vatican Council,” the statement read.

The wax cast of Manfrini’s design was kept by the late Archbishop Pasquale Macchi, the former personal secretary of Pope Paul VI. According to Fr. Lombardi’s statement, Archbishop Macchi left the wax cast, along with other objects to Monsignor Ettore Malnati, who in turn commissioned a gold-plated silver ring from the wax cast.

The ring, along with other possible rings were presented to the Holy Father by the Papal Master of Ceremonies, through the auspices of Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re.

Pope Francis’s Ring

“It was this ring,” Fr. Lombardi’s statement concluded, “that Pope Francis chose to be the ring of the Fisherman, presented to him at the Mass of Inauguration of his Petrine Ministry.”

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  2. Interesting story! I didn’t realize that each one had different rings–I thought maybe it was handed down through the ages. I wonder if there is a photo detail of the ring.

    • In fact, after a pope passes away or resigns his ring is destroyed. So each one really is unique. The reason for this is that the ring is used as a seal, so only one pontiff can use it.

      • That’s really interesting, and it makes sense. I suppose the reason that this ring that Pope Francis chose has survived is because it was never used. Of course!
        I still wish they had a photo, but maybe it is secret so that it can’t be imitated.

      • It’s beautiful! I didn’t expect anything this intricate or realistic when I envisioned what it might be. I am glad you shared this.

  3. Apparently the ring and its history touched him. Pope Francis sees things not just with his eyes, his sight is always aided by the SPIRIT Who dwells within. Waste not, want not…and even more than that, everything, to a person who loves God, is beautiful.

    • It seems we learn something new about him everyday that confirms what we learned when he when he stepped out on the balcony to meet the world for the first time — poor in spirit and humble servant of God.

      What a Pope!

      • I love him ! He is my father, my wonderful spiritual father on earth! Instantly I felt he wrapped all of us in his arms and said, “We are all in His loving embrace!”

    • We’ll never exhaust the “Treasures of the Church,” JTR. We can only go deeper and keep going deeper and we’ll still have more to take in.

      Thanks for your comment, JTR!

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