The star on the coat of arms of the new Pope will represent Mary. The Maria star is traditionally represented with eight points or rays. Over the past 250 years, the five-pointed star has been increasingly been taken over initially by Freemasons, then also as a symbol of communists and anarchists. The freemasonic and communistic five pointed star represents the self-sufficient man (legs, arms, head) who does not need a God.
A five-pointed star in a papal coat of arms gave rise in the Catholic Church, not least in the Vatican, to some irritation, over those who turn only a blind eye, who basically are indifferent to symbols or who have no opinion on their meaning. For the Catholic Church sysmbols are of the utmost importance. Finally, the Vatican saw the need to intervene to correct the coat of arms, to dispel any doubts.
The Vatican published the meantime, a new corrected coat of arms of Pope Francis . A decision that could be made only with the approval of the new Pope. The papal coat of arms now has an eight-pointed star, and thus the classical shape of a star, which is symbolic of the Most Blessed and Most Pure Virgin Mary, Mother of God. In addition, the eight rays of the star represent the Beatitudes, the Vatican announced. By correcting, all speculations and interpretations about the Papal coat of arms have been ended. Symbols have just a precise central essence and especially for the Catholic Church. The nard blossom, which in the episcopal coat of arms for European eyes looked more like a bunch of grapes, has now been clearly shown.
The coat of arms of Pope Francis has also for the first time a heraldic motto, which Jorge Mario Bergoglio has already used in his coats of arms, as Bishop and Cardinal.
Pope John Paul I, remains the exception among all popes. His coat of arms were changed multiple times.The episcopal crest showed three eight-pointed star, the crest as Patriarch and Cardinal showed three six-pointed stars but the Papal coat of arms had suddenly three five-pointed stars. How this change could happen to such an unusual symbolism is not entirely clear. Pope Luciani reigned only 33 days.