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The Keys of Heaven also known as the Papal Keys, representing the metamorphical seat of Saint Peter. It was usually seen on the Papal Coat.

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Behind the Meaning[]

According to Roman Catholic teaching, Jesus empowered Saint Peter to take binding actions. In the Gospel of Matthew 16:19, Jesus says to Peter, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven."