Cufflinks “Milestones of Faith” of the Pope Francis I
A tradition of wearing cufflinks was supported by all pontiffs since their invention.
Special features of the cufflinks “Milestones of Faith”
Each head and the sovereign of the Holy See has his own mission on the earth and his own emblem. The emblem of the supreme hierarch of the Catholic Church is a symbol of his pontificate.
The personal emblem of the Pope Francis I is written on the silver manuscript.
In Tabgha (Israel) on the place where the miracle of saturation of 5000 people came true, there still can be seen the recreated mosaic, the original of which dates back to IV century A. D. On the reverse side of the cufflinks “Milestones of Faith” there are elements of the famous mosaic of the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. Cufflink toggle – Ichthys (from the Greek Ίχθύς – fish) – an ancient acronym name of Jesus Christ and the toggle bar has the image of a mosaic basket with five loaves.
Five crosses are stacked in a single Jerusalem cross (or Crusaders’ cross). Great Cross is a symbol of Christ and the four small ones – 4-Apostles, the authors of the four Gospels.
Silver cufflinks “Milestones of Faith” are decorated with “stone violets”, amethysts, which mean modesty and humbleness in the Christian tradition. Amethysts are called “papal” stones. They have always been particularly valued by church hierarchs.
Silver cufflinks “Milestones of Faith” – the ancient manuscript, in which from the first Pope of Rome, Apostle Peter, and up to our days the Pontiff chronicles have been engraved.
Handing over of the cufflinks
November 27, 2013 at the meeting of the Pope with pilgrims, unique silver cufflinks, crafted with the technique of the imperial jewelry enamel, were presented to him. Members of the city council of Rome, representatives of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household and the Pontifical Council for Culture were present there as well.
Igor Lobortas hands over the cufflinks to the Pope of Rome, Francis I