The CCF Cross

The Catholic Community Foundation’s logo was inspired by the iron cross believed to have topped the original dome of the 18th Century San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. (Construction began in 1738 and was completed in 1750. It is the oldest cathedral sanctuary in North America.) The cross was inherited and preserved by members of the Herrera family and it remains on display at the museum located adjacent to the cathedral.

The Papal Seal

The papal seal includes the image of two crossed keys, one gold and one silver, bound with a red cord. This represents the “keys to the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 16:19) and is the quintessential symbol of the Papacy as an institution. Jesus’s statement to Simon Peter, “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18), is understood as establishing two jurisdictions, Heaven and Earth; the silver and gold keys are said to represent these two jurisdictions. The silver key symbolizes the power to bind and loose on Earth, and the gold key the power to bind and loose in Heaven.