Goldsmith appeals to save papal ring from destruction
'It's a strong symbol of Benedict's legacy'18 February, 15:43
"Objects strictly tied to the ministry of St Peter must be destroyed," said the spokesman last week, but he stressed that experts were working to determine proper etiquette.
Known as the Fisherman's of Piscatory Ring, the golden symbol of papal power shows St Peter fishing.
"I believe the College of Cardinals is figuring out how not to destroy it," said the goldsmith, who is also an art historian. The ornament was a signet used to seal official documents signed by the pope until 1842 when it was replaced by a stamp. Upon becoming pope in 2005, Benedict chose to reintroduce it as his daily-wear ring, a gesture that Franchi called an example of the conservative pope's desire to "reintroduce something of value from the past". "That's why it should be saved in a museum, for its symbolic value, not because I made it," he said.