- Apr 14, 2021
Pope Francis’ ongoing efforts to promote interreligious dialogue will be highlighted in a new series of Vatican stamps.
Although the Vatican knows Christmas may be very different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it already has chosen its stamps and the Nativity scene and tree that will stand in St. Peter’s Square.
A new postage stamp for Christmas shows detail from an 18th-century Peruvian painting of Our Lady of Guapulo.
Ireland is issuing two commemorative postage stamps to mark the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Dublin for a Vatican-sponsored international family jamboree.
In another sign of the Vatican’s positive approach to marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant reformation, the Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office on Nov. 23 released a postage stamp featuring Martin Luther and one of his closest collaborators. The stamp features Luther and Philip Melanchthon, considered the first systematic
A new stamp honors former Notre Dame president, Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who was born May 25, 1917, in Syracuse, New York, for his role as an educator and his service as an adviser on civil rights, peaceful uses of atomic energy, immigration reform, campus unrest and development in poor countries to presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Pope Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday, as well as another stamp, accompanied by a postcard, marking the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to the three shepherd children in Fatima May 13, 1917, and ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to the site.
The Vatican will anticipate the canonization of Mother Teresa with a special postage stamp to be released Sept. 2, two days before she’s declared a saint. The 95-cent stamp features a wrinkled but radiant Mother Teresa smiling in her blue-trimmed, white sari, overlaid with an image of her holding a child’s hand.