The Ecclesiastical Coat of Arms of
His Excellency The Most Rev. Luigi Bonazzi
Titular Archbishop of Atella
Confirming the motto chosen on the day of his priestly ordination “Credidimus caritati” (“We have believed in love” – 1 John 4:16), Msgr. Bonazzi wanted to express in his ecclesiastical Coat of Arms, the great truths of the faith that have nourished his Christian and Priestly life and which he also intends to place as the foundation of his Episcopal ministry: the mystery of God’s love, One and Triune, fully revealed and communicated to mankind in Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh and the Redeemer of man, the mystery received and announced by the Church and of whom the Virgin Mary is the Mother, the Model, and the most exquisite fruit.
Heraldic Description and Explanation
The green prelatial galero is surrounded on either side by ten tassels and surmounted by a two-barred Cross (symbol of the Archiepiscopal Order). The shield in the form of a chalice is divided into four quadrants. In the first and the fourth, three golden bands (crossbars) symbolize the Most Holy Trinity whose providential love – giving life and direction – radiates all of creation (indicated by the red background which is the color of love of which, so to speak, all of creation is imbued).
In the second dominant quadrant, also gold (indicated by the letters X and P of the Greek alphabet), the monogram of Christ who, by his Incarnation, Death, Resurrection and his Ascension into heaven reveals and shares with us the mystery of God – Love – Trinity.
The sign of Christ emerges on a red background, the color that expresses the sacrificial dimension of redemption and refers to the three theological virtues (faith, hope and charity) including “the greatest of these is charity” (1 Cor 13.13)
In the third quadrant, the Rose symbolizes the Virgin Mary, both Mother of Jesus and Mother of each Christian (she is venerated in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title Rosa Mystica) that the Church gathers together in unity (like the petals on the rose) men and women of every nation, race, people and language. The red background recalls the “fire of love” of the Holy Spirit who guided the Virgin Mary and guides the Church as well as every person who listens to the Holy Spirit.
The motto Credidimus caritati is the definition that the Apostle St. John gives to Christians: they are indeed those who – individually and collectively – “have believed in love.”