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Philippines issues stamps to mark popes' canonization

Limited editions are in 3D embossed and in gold foil

Philippines issues stamps to mark popes' canonization

The stamp featuring Pope John Paul II. reporter, Manila

April 24, 2014

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The Philippine Postal Corporation is issuing special commemorative stamps and souvenir sheets to mark the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday.

The stamps were designed in a way that one souvenir sheet would carry the side view photo of John Paul II and the second design would have at the center a side view image of John XXIII.

The two souvenir sheets would have a picture of the Vatican and the coat of arms of the two popes as background. A sheet measures 105 mm x 70mm while the circular stamp is 38 mm.

Above, the stamp featuring Pope John XXIII.

"We are proud to release the first circular stamps in 3D embossed and in gold foil stamping as our fitting tribute to Pope John Paul II, who is well loved by Filipino Catholics, and Pope John XXIII,"  said Josie Dela Cruz, the country's postmaster-general.

The postage stamps are valued at $4.50 each.

Dela Cruz will formally present the stamps and souvenir sheets to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Sunday.

Only 10,000 pieces of Blessed John Paul II souvenir sheets and 5,000 copies of Blessed John XXIII sheets were produced.

Last month, the Philippine Postal Corporation came out with a joint stamp issue of Pope Francis.


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