Pope Benedict's Ring of power to be destroyed
The Ring of the Fisherman, also known as the Piscatory Ring, Annulus Piscatoris (in Latin) and the Anello A Piscatorio (in Italian), is an official...
The Ring of the Fisherman, also known as the Piscatory Ring, Annulus Piscatoris (in Latin) and the Anello A Piscatorio (in Italian), is an official part of the regalia worn by the Pope, who is head of the Catholic Church and successor of Saint Peter, who was a fisherman by trade. The Fisherman's Ring is a signet used until 1842 to seal official documents signed by the Pope. Vatican City (IANS/AKI): Pope Benedict XVI's gold papal ring, the symbol of his power used to officially seal documents and ensure their authenticity has been cancelled, said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. Known as the Fisherman's Ring, it was due to be destroyed with a special silver hammer after Benedict's resignation on Feb 28, symbolising the end of his authority. Earlier, Claudio Franchi, the goldsmith who crafted the ring said he hoped his work would not be destroyed once the pontiff stepped down. "I hope the ring is preserved and exhibited. It is a jewel that has so much symbolic value," Franchi said.