|(Francis appearing with 2nd coat-of-arms.)|
The reason given for these changes are interesting. The five pointed star has “military significance” and the eight pointed "has always symbolized Mary." The grape vine which symbolized Jesus as a grower of the Faith is now a spinkenard flower which represents St. Joseph. The Vatican said Jorge has a "particular devotion to the Holy Virgin and St. Joseph,” and he wanted this reflected in his coat of arms. Since when has a five pointed star had military significance? Hasn’t this always stood for the five wounds of Christ and the five joys* that Mary had of Jesus? It is even on the Miraculous Medal the Blessed Virgin Mary instructed St. Catherine Labouré to make. The grapes being removed for the spinkenard again out with one symbol of Christ and in with another symbol which brings to mind the oil that Mary Magdalene anointed Christ with.
We believe Jorge had these removed because he doesn’t like anything directly reminding one about Christ’s suffering for our sins or the growing of the faith. Hence Francis saying, "Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense." Or his general disdain for the crucifixion. Jorge like Benedict XVI believes in a smaller Church. One more comment on his coat-of-arms is that the Papal Tiara is gone on both and instead a Bishop’s Mitre is in its place. Is he the monarch of the Vatican State or not? He must not be a monarch because he had an inauguration instead of a coronation, doesn't use a throne, refers to himself as the Bishop of Rome, and he travels on an Argentinian passport.
*The Blessed Virgin’s five joys are the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Resurrection, the Ascension, and the Assumption.