Not by chance was 1 May chosen for the Beatification of John Paul II. This year it coincided with the Second Sunday of Easter which John Paul II established as Divine Mercy Sunday; and he died on the eve of this feast in 2005.
The Philatelic and Numismatic Office is celebrating this important date by issuing a stamp and coin jointly with Poland, the native land of Pope John Paul II. The series consists of a stamp which is part of a mini-sheet of six produced by Polish artist Marzanna Dabrowska, and of a stamp&coin card , which contains the stamp issue and a 50 cent coin for 2011, depicting Pope Benedict XVI. Also to be released for this special occasion is a folder containing a mini-sheet, the stamp&coin card , and a cancelled envelope with the cancellation bearing the date of the Beatification.
For further information or to order: tel. +39 06 69883414, fax +39 06 69881308, email email@example.com, www.vaticanstate.va.
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