What is the meaning of the bear on the papal coat of arms for Pope Benedict XVI?
I can across an article on the Merovingian Dynasty and the Plantard family crest and sure enough there are the bears.
According to Wikipedia (for what that's worth), it means the following:
A legend states that while traveling to Rome, Saint Corbinian's pack horse was killed by a bear. He commanded the bear to carry the load. Once he arrived, he released it from his service, and it returned to Bavaria. The implication is that "Christianity tamed and domesticated the ferocity of paganism and thus laid the foundations for a great civilization in the Duchy of Bavaria." At the same time, Corbinian's bear, as God's beast of burden, symbolizes the weight of office that Benedict now carries.
Is it possible it means Russia? Maybe he'll consecrate Russia?