Francis receives Ring of the Fisherman
Inaugural mass begins in St Peter's19 March, 10:04
(ANSA) - Vatican City, March 19 - Pope Francis was presented with the Piscatory ring, or Ring of the Fisherman, by Cardinal Angelo Sodano after entering St Peter's Square for the inauguration mass of his papacy on Tuesday.
Francis chose a model of Piscatory ring made of gold-plated silver designed by the late Italian sculptor Enrico Manfrini, who died in 2004.
The Ring of the Fisherman is usually cast in gold for each pope.
The fact that Francis chose to have a silver ring has been seen by many as a sign that he is aiming to be the "pope of the poor".
The ring depicts St. Peter fishing from the side of a boat.
It served as the official signet to seal papal documents until 1842.