As a Papal Staff, the triple-bar cross is an official emblem of the papal jurisdiction and tends to be seen more in ceremonial occasions and processions.
The triple-bar cross has for a long time been identified with the Maronites and its form appears in a national flag.
Both the pope and the Maronites are not shy in displaying this cross. In contrast, the triple-bar known as the Salem Cross is rarely seen in public since it is a symbol used in Freemasonry.
The Papal Cross
The three-barred cross shown here is known as a Papal Cross and used for extraordinary ceremonial occasions.
Papal Cross or Pastoral Staff
Papal Cross earlier version
Papal Cross budded version
The Maronite Cross
Also known as an Antiochene Cross, the Maronite Cross is used by followers of St. Maron. Their church has, for the past few hundred years, been centred in Lebanon.
The Salem Cross
In Freemasonry, the three-barred cross is known as a Salem Cross, which appears in various forms:
Other triple-barred crosses
Other triple-barred crosses include the Eastern Orthodox Cross.