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The Pope’s Ring

May 25, 2010, 14:41 pm  Posted by Lark
 

I’m in the midst of working on a couple of books devoted to rings and it’s got me thinking. What does the Pope’s ring look like? Here’s what I found. Each pope gets his own ring, cast in gold and called the “Ring of the Fisherman.” It features a bas-relief of St. Peter fishing from a boat. Around the border, the reigning pope’s Latin name is inscribed. It is worn on the third finger of the right hand. Historically, it was used to seal official documents signed by the Pope. Upon the Pope’s death, the official papal ring is destroyed.

 
 
 
 

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    What is it used for now?

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