Coat of Arms
Pope Benedict XVI chose the motto “Cooperatores Veritatis” (Cooperators of the Truth) for his coat of arms. The design of the shield takes inspiration from the monastic and Benedictine traditions of spirituality. The shield contains symbols he had already used in his arms when he was Archbishop of Munich and Freising, and subsequently as Cardinal. Read the full description of his Coat of Arms on the Vatican’s website.
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You are God: we praise You;
You are God: we acclaim You;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships You.
To You all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.”
The glorious company of apostles praise You.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise You.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims You:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
And the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the King of glory,
The eternal Son of the Father.
When You became Man to set us free
You did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
And opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that You will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help Your people,
Bought with the price of Your own blood,
And bring us with Your saints
To glory everlasting.
Save your people, Lord, and bless Your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.
Day by day we bless You.
We praise Your name forever.
Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, show us Your love and mercy;
For we put our trust in You.
In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain.
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Benedict XVI Quotes:
“We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result
of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary. There is
nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is
nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him. The
task of the shepherd, the task of the fisher of men, can often seem wearisome. But it is beautiful
and wonderful, because it is truly a service to joy, to God’s joy which longs to break into the world.”
“Pray for me, that I may learn to love His flock more and more – in other words, you, the holy
Church, each one of you and all of you together. Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the
wolves. Let us pray for one another, that the Lord will carry us and that we will learn to carry one
“If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes
life free, beautiful and great. … Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in
this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do
we experience beauty and liberation. And so, today, with great strength and great conviction, on
the basis of long personal experience of life, I say to you, dear young people: Do not be afraid of
Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we
receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true
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