Diocese of Pittsburgh

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DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH (Dioecesis Pittsburgensis)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1843

Arms (crest) of Diocese of Pittsburgh

Official blazon

Sable, a fess chequy argent and azure, in chief two crosses-pattées-arrondies or, over all in pale a sword, hilt in base, of the last.


The diocesan arms were designed by the late Pierre Chaignon la Rose. The black field is appropriate to the City of Pittsburgh. The chequy bare stand for a counting board, all based on the arms of William Pitt who was chancellor of the exchequer of England and for whom the city is named. The colors of the bar in the official Pitt grant were changed to silver and blue and the coins of treasury were transferred into global convexed crosses. The sword was added in honor of Saint-Paul, the patron Saint of the Cathedral of Pittsburgh.

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