Isle of Man Post Commemorate John Paul II, Benedict XVI and World Youth Day


Isle of Man Post is issuing an engaging miniature sheet, consisting of two special postage stamps, and two stamp labels, on Monday 15 August, to commemorate Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVl, and the XX World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany.

Young people from the Isle of Man, part of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, will be among more than one million young people who will hear Pope Benedict XVI, who arrives in Cologne on Thursday 18 August, at the start of his first overseas trip since his election as the Successor of St Peter, on 19 April.

Peter Jennings, a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London, who specialises both in religious affairs and postage stamps, provided Isle of Man Post with the picture of the Apostolic Palace, depicted on the 42p stamp, and the panoramic view of St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square, taken during the Inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict XVI, on Sunday 24 April, shown on the front of the presentation pack.

He also provided the picture of Archbishop Vincent Nichols, holding a photograph of Pope John Paul II, used in the presentation pack, and on the back of the official first day cover.

Mr Jennings who wrote the text for the presentation pack, said: “It’s the first time that postage stamps depicting the Apostolic Palace (42p) and St Peter’s Basilica (£1.50) have received Royal Approval from The Queen. They will be greatly sort after and make a superb addition to any stamp collection.”

The Archbishop of Birmingham, who is giving a catechesis at World Youth Day on Friday morning, 19 August, writes in the presentation pack: “For me it was a great privilege to sit next to Huw Edwards, anchorman, and contribute to the broadcasts of the two Papal Masses by BBC Television. During the Funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II the atmosphere in the small mark-shift studio was intensely emotional.”

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