Remember practicing in school your signature to make it uniquely yours? Some choose bubble letters. Some carefully paced those little hearts over the lower-case “i,” while others added that little extra flair or stroke at the end of their name. Signatures tell people something about us — except maybe those of doctors because I can never read their signatures. The same is true for ecclesiastical signatures.
Did you know that hierarchical signatures of the Church have been regulated by precedent and custom for centuries? Take the papal name. (Read more)