Pope Pius XI - West Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 06.366 W 072° 38.403
18T E 695126 N 4664251
Quick Description: The coat of arms of Pope Pius XI is located on the south side of the façade of St. Thomas the Apostle School at 75 Pine Street in West Springfield, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/14/2020 4:22:13 AM
Waymark Code: WM12F48
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:

St. Thomas the Apostle School was constructed in 1932 during the papacy of Pope Pius XI. Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti was elected on February 6, 1922 and served as Pope Pius XI for 17 years until he died on February 10, 1939.

The a stone relief of the coat of arms depicts an eagle with its wings outspread. The eagle's head is turned in profile over its right shoulder. Below are three spheres arranged in a triangle, two over one. The coat of arms is embellished with the papal triple tiara on top and superimposed of a pair of crossed keys. A banner below the coat of arms is inscribed Pope Pius XI

In a full color version of the coat of arms the eagle is black against a gold background and the spheres are red against a silver background. Link

Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti was born on May 31, 1857 in Desio, Lombardy-Venetia, then part of the Austrian Empire. He was educated at the Gregorian University in Rome where he obtained doctorates in philosophy, canon law and theology. He was ordained a priest on December 20, 1879. At the Vatican he became Vice-Prefect of the Vatican Library, and in 1914 was promoted to Prefect. He was elevated to the rank of cardinal by Pope Benedict XV on June 13, 1921 and elected pope the following year.

Bearer of Coat of Arms: Ecclesiastical (prelates and their seats)

Full name of the bearer: Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti - Pope Pius XI

Where is Coat of Arms installed (short description) ?:
The front of St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield, MA.

Material / Design: Stucco

Blazon (heraldic description):
on gold a sable eagle over on silver three roles of gules.

75 Pine Street West Springfield, MA 01089

Web page about the structure where is Coat of Arms installed (if exists): [Web Link]

Web page about the bearer of Coat of Arms (if exists): [Web Link]

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