Archbishop-elect Jose Bettencourt’s Arms and Motto Interpreted

Posted March 19, 2018 3:49 am by Archbishop Terry

Archbishop-elect Jose Bettencourt’s Arms and Motto Interpreted

Coat of Arms of Archbishop José Avelino BettencourtDESCRIPTIONAt the focal point of the arms is a triple, inlaid eight-pointed star in the shape of a Greek cross, which recalls the words of Saint Paul in the Letter to the Philippians: “You will shine among them like stars in the sky, as you hold firmly to the word of life” (2:15-16).The threefold star evokes the Church’s faith in the Triune God, as expressed in the ancient Nicene Creed.  Its cross-like shape alludes to the mystery of our salvation in Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, while the third

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