Thursday, February 23, 2017

Vatican 2017 - Pontificate of Pope Francis

ISSUE DATE: 10 February 2017
CIRCULATION: 300 000 complete series
STAMP/SHEET SIZE: 31 x 31 mm / 182 x 89 mm 
 STAMP DESIGN: Poste Vaticane

The Philatelic and Numismatic Office celebrates the pontificate of Pope Francis with the issue of a postage stamp series of four values featuring him during various moments of his ministry. 

The 95 euro cent stamp shows the Pope wearing red liturgical vestments on the occasion of the celebrations marking Pentecost on 8 June 2014. On that Sunday, the Holy Father focused his message on his gratitude to those present for having accepted his invitation to join together in imploring from God the gift of peace, in the hopes that it may be “a path to seeking the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide.” The second stamp features the Pope smiling during the General Audience of 1 June when he recalled the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector (cf. Lk 18:9-14), that a man “is just or sinful not because of his social class, but because of his way of relating to God and how he relates to his brothers and sisters.” 

The 2.30 euro cent stamp shows the Pope in the green vestments of ordinary time when he celebrated Mass with the new Cardinals on Sunday, 23 February 2014. On that occasion he noted the importance of listening to the Holy Spirit: “In this moment, together with the new Cardinals, all of us want to listen to the voice of the Spirit as he speaks to us through the Scriptures we have just heard.” The final stamp recalls a moment on 30 November 2013 with the Pope shown in a moment of prayer wearing the purple vestments of the Lenten season. In his homily he prayed that God’s gifts to us might be preserved with his help since our human nature is frail like “earthen vessels” (cf. 2 Cor 4:7).

Stamp image and description thanks to Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State