According to the Roman Catholic Church, an inverted cross is commonly referred to as the Cross of St. Peter. As of 2014, this same symbol has been co-opted by popular culture in movies and television shows as an anti-Catholic symbol.Continue Reading
The Cross of St. Peter is a representation of humility in the Catholic tradition because upon his execution the Apostle Peter is said to have requested his crucifixion be performed upside-down. It is believed that he felt he was not worthy to suffer the same execution as Christ. As of 2014, the Cross of St. Peter is a symbol commonly associated with the Papacy, as the Pope is believed to be Peter's spiritual successor on earth.
Other common symbols associated with both the Pope and St. Peter are the Keys of Heaven. This is because, according to the Bible, Peter was to be the cornerstone of Christ's Church and was gifted with the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
It is also not uncommon for inverted religious symbols to be used as a representation of a faith's antithesis or opposition. This may be why movies which delve into stories of demonic possession or satanic acts so often utilize these symbols to represent the influence of their antagonists.Learn more about Religion
Some of the 12 apostles of Jesus are Peter, Andrew, James the son of Zebedee, John and Philip. Other apostles include Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddeus, in addition to Simon and Judas Iscariot.Full Answer >
Some Bible verses for Pastor Appreciation Month are 1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrew 13:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, James 3:1 and 2 Peter 3:17. These verses stress the importance of pastors' sacrifice in serving as spiritual leaders to Christians.Full Answer >
Saint Clare of Assisi was an Italian nun who founded the Order of St. Clare, also known as the Poor Clares, and was one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. Her feast day is August 11. Saint Clare of Assisi is the patron saint of sore eyes and of television.Full Answer >
During its existence, the Vatican has hosted major Church councils and events, and it also connects to the early Church through the bones of St. Peter and other early Christians found underneath the Basilica of St. Peter. Some of the greatest Renaissance artists created their masterworks at the Vatican.Full Answer >