Sunday, March 27, 2016

Vatican 2016
Jubilee of Mercy

ISSUE DATE: 1 February 2016
CIRCULATION: 150 000 each
STAMP/SHEET SIZE: 30 x 40 mm / 170 x 100 mm

To feed the hungry and to give drink to the thirsty.

On 29 November 2015, during his apostolic journey to Africa, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Bangui, which marked the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy and offered a tangible sign of the Church’s closeness to the Central African Republic, as well as the entire continent. The Pope recalled that the extraordinary Holy Year offers an occasion to shed new light on the words of Jesus who in Luke’s Gospel invites us to be “Merciful like the Father”. In this special year of grace, the Church is called to be a witness to God’s mercy through concrete acts of pardon, strength, aid, and love.

The Jubilee year will be celebrated with a series of postage stamp issues with a total of ten values: the first two stamps recall the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception; the seven corporal works of mercy will then be featured, and the final stamp will be dedicated to the Solemnity of Christ the King to be celebrated on 20 November 2016, the final day of the Jubilee year.The postage stamps will be produced by various artists. The first two are by Gabriella Titotto, while Stefano Morri has created the representations of the corporal works of mercy to feed the hungry and to give drink to the thirsty. In modern societies, especially in developed countries, these gestures might seem relegated to the past, but in reality they are more current than one might think. Depicted are a group of people giving food and drink to migrants who have just washed ashore on a beach; then a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew share in fellowship water from a well.