THE COAT OF ARMS OF POPE FRANCIS
Pope Francis: Coat of Arms. From Wikipedia
His Episcopal Motto which he chose when he was consecrated Bishop is MISERANDO ATQUE ELIGENDO which means LOWLY YET CHOSEN. The Sun at the center with ICHTUS: Iesus Christos Huios Soter is the symbol of the Society of Jesus with the ancient Christian proclamation of Christ as JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON, THE SAVIOR.
The Star on the left signifies the Blessed Virgin as the Stella Maris [Star of the Sea] and Stella Matutina [Star of the Morning] for the presence of Mary signals in the Scriptures the coming Birth of the Messiah-King. The grape-like plant is THE NARDO which is associated with St. Joseph.
Like Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI he decided not to use the Tiara for his Papal Coat of Arms but preferred the Bishop’s Mitre which shuns worldly power but instead focus his attention in his Mission as Bishop of Rome and Universal Shepherd of the Church. The Triple Line in the Mitre which forms the Petrine Cross signifies the Triple Authority handed on by Jesus to the Church and to the Blessed Peter the Apostle: TO GOVERN [King], TO TEACH [Prophet] and TO SANCTIFY [Priest] thus exercising his God-given authority as THE VICAR OF CHRIST.