Nope - not a 'Stang'!
So the Pope carried a 'Stang'? Crazy, superstitious Catholics seem to think so.
Forked crosses have been with us and used in the Roman Catholic Church for centuries - as early as the 13th century. The forked cross represents the Tree of Knowledge and follows pious-mystical tradition Christ was crucified on the same wood as the Tree in the Garden of Eden.
Many fork crosses are found in places run by
the Dominican and Franciscan orders, especially in Italy.
Robber's cross of Schächerkreuz - later the
Latin cross was used or a straight bar was added
to differentiate Christ's cross from the
(I've since discovered Deacon Kandra posted on the subject in much greater detail here.)