I have been told that Popes Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI did not adorn the triple crown of St. Peter. Is this true? What was their reason?
Paul VI did wear a triple crown – there has been more than one – at his coronation but sold it later and gave the proceeds to the poor. Subsequent popes chose not to have coronations but installations, and thus did not receive a triple crown at their installations. The triple crown remained part of the papal coat of arms through the reign of John Paul II, but Benedict XVI chose to replace it on his coat of arms with a bishop’s miter. Although the pope has traditionally been considered a monarch, recent popes have chosen to forego many of the outward trappings of monarchy such as the triple crown and focus instead on their pastoral and episcopal roles.