For a long time, the papal shield has been associated with the colours yellow and white;
but now ..
ZOUNDS! that's Blue!
This looks like a no - nonsense man with clear thinking, who favours simplicity and directness...
but what do I know, I just do pictures!
With all the "whethers, ifs...and maybe's" of what character the pontificate of Pope Francis will assume, I shall sidestep all of that speculation, leaving it to scholars of such matters; and have a look at the visuals instead; (this being an "art" site and all!)
(Here I offer apologies for the rather crumbly representation on the left - but you get the idea!)
The most obvious starting place to look is the design of his Papal shield.
Pope Francis has kept the essential elements of his old coat-of-arms which were chosen at the time of his episcopal consecration.
The blue shield is surmounted by the symbols of the papal dignity, (miter placed between crossed keys of gold and silver, bound by a red cord).
At the top, stands the emblem of the order of origin of the Pope, the Society of Jesus: a radiant and blazing sun containing the letters, in red, IHS, the monogram of Christ. The letter H is surmounted by a cross; at the foot of the cross are three nails in black.
The symbol of the star symbolizes the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and of the Church. The flower of spikenard indicates St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church.
By placing these images in his shield, the Pope wanted to express his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph.
The motto of the Holy Father Francis is taken from the Homilies of St. Bede when, commenting on the Gospel story of the calling of St. Matthew, writes: “Vidit ergo lesus publicanum et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi: ‘Sequere me’” (“Jesus saw a tax collector and, because with feelings of compassion and choosing him he saw him, he said to him: ‘Follow me.’”)
Overall, the design has a simplicity and directness about it – and contains symbols for Jesus, Mary and Joseph – which for me, also indicates the Holy family; the presence of the Holy Child, within the setting of a Holy Marriage.