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Explaining Bishop-elect Rodriguez’s motto and coat of arms

Bishop-elect Jorge Rodriguez will be installed as auxiliary bishop of Denver Nov. 4, and anytime a new bishop is ordained, the Church asks them to declare a motto and design a coat of arms, also called an ecclesiastical heraldry. The motto is intended to reflect the bishop’s beliefs and convictions within the Christian faith, while the coat of arms is a special symbol identifying the bishop. It is a long-held tradition within the Church, and as for Bishop-elect Jorge Rodriguez’s motto and coat of arms, the theme of mercy is prevalent.

Check out the below infographic, which explains the bishop-elect’s motto and breaks down his coat of arms.

Click the infographic to enlarge.

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Aaron Lambert
Aaron is the Managing Editor for the Denver Catholic.
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