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News photos of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York show a series of flags lining the ramp to the Ground Zero site, the location of the destroyed World Trade Center Towers. There are multiple sets of 7 flags, in order US, Vatican City, a white flag with a coat of arms, New York State, New Jersey, New York City, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Some of the shots show that the arms on the 3rd flag are the same as
shown on the homepage of the Archdiocese of New York www.ny-archdiocese.org.
The archdiocesan arms also form the dexter side of the personal arms of the archbishop, in this case Edward Cardinal Egan, and can be seen at www.grahamecurtis.com/irishconnectionsmag/archives/v3i1/cardinal-egan.htm which also includes the description of the archdiocese's arms:
-These arms are composed of a silver (white) field on which is displayed a red saltire; a charge that resembles an "X". This heraldic arrangement is known as a "Cross of Saint Patrick," and by its use honor is paid to the titular patron of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, in New York City, the cathedral-church of the Archdiocese. Upon the saltire is a silver (white) mill-sail (a wind mill), which is also seen in the seal of The City, to reflect the Dutch heritage of its founders and the city was originally known as "New Amsterdam." Within the areas of the field created by the saltair are seen four small red crosses, for the Gospels, emblematic of The Church's mission to bring The Good News to those entrusted to its care.
While the personal arms are surmounted by a tasseled cardinal's hat for a crest, the archdiocesan arms bear a miter.
Ned Smith, 21 April 2008