Diocese of Saint Cloud

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DIOCESE OF SAINT CLOUD (Dioecesis Sancti Clodoaldi)

Country : United States
Denomination : Roman Catholic

Established : 1889

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Saint Cloud (Clodoaldus) was the grandson of Clovis, the first Christian King of France, and son of Clodomir, King of Orleans. This, of course, was in pre-heraldic times. But the medieval heralds delighted in assigning to the early worthies apocryphal, retroactive arms, and to Clovis and Clodomir alike they naturally assigned the shield called " France ancient" (azure, seme of fleurs-de-lis or) used by later Kings of France.

The diocesal arms thus also use these apocryphal arms on the shield. But in order that this coat of arms might not be confused with the similar arms of Saint Louis of France and Saint Louis of Toulouse, a silver chalice, indicating Saint Cloud's priesthood has been added. And as tradition clothes him in the habit of Saint Benedict, the chalice is marked with the peculiar cross of Saint Benedict.

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