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01 June 2020

Pilgrimage to Međugorje 2020

Bosnia and Herzegovina HP Mostar: Pilgrimage to Međugorje 2020, 1 June 2020. Images from HP Mostar.

Technical Specifications:

Type: Occasional
Motif: Mother’s Village
Designer: Veo Lucic
Size: 25.56 x 35.50 mm
Print: AKD d.o.o. Zagreb
Paper: White, 102 g, rubberized
Perforation: Comb 14
Denomination: 1.50 KM
Date of Issue: 1.6.2020.
Format: 8 sheets
Circulation: 10,000 pieces

There are many fruits of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, and one of them is the “Mother’s Village”, a large family that brings together several communities and associations, and belongs to the Herzegovinian Franciscan province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was created in 1993. At the prompting of Fr. Slavko Barbarić, which was prompted by the case of many children who had lost their parents or their home due to war or other unfortunate circumstances, decided to open an institution to care for them. Fr. Slavko started the construction of the “Mother Village” together with the School Sisters of the Franciscan province of Herzegovinian province “Holy Family”, on land donated by the municipality of Čitluk in Bijakovići (parish of Medjugorje). It officially began operation on 8 October 2013. 1996–1996 Year.

“Mother’s Village” is a testimony of great love. The love for hundreds of children, young and single mothers who have started their new life here, under the protection of Our Lady of Medjugorje, has begun their new life. Wounded young people find love, peace and trust, find a new life that is in harmony between God, man and nature. It is also a great love of pilgrims and benefactors from all over the world with the help of which the “Mother’s Village” is held. And the Franciscans and nuns follow St Francis by witnessing love and making good to the weakest. From “Mother’s Village” simple people go into the world, bringing peace and good with them, making the world a better place to live. Croatian Post d.o.o. Mostar issued a commemorative postage stamp in the ark of 8 marks, stamp, maximum ticket (MC) and envelope on the first day (FDC).

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Three Postal Administrations

Since independence in 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina has had three postal authorities corresponding with the ethnic and administrative division of the country. Stamps are issued by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Post (BH Pošta, Sarajevo), Croatian Posts (Hrvatska pošta Mostar, Mostar), and Serbian Posts (Pošte Srpske, Banja Luka). In the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, stamps issued by BH Pošta (the areas controlled by the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995) and HP Mostar (the areas controlled by the Croatian Defence Council in 1995) are valid while in Republika Srpska stamps issued by the Pošte Srpske are valid.

BH Pošta stamps were first issued 27 October 1993, inscribed Republika Bosna i Hercegovina; since 1996 the inscriptions have read just Bosna i Hercegovina. The currency was the Bosnia and Herzegovina dinar until 1 October 1998, replaced by the Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark.

HP Mostar has issued stamps since 12 May 1993. Initially the stamps were inscribed Bosna i Hercegovina / Hrvatska Republika Herceg-Bosna, or abbreviated HR Herceg-Bosna. From 1996, the stamps bear the inscription Bosna i Hercegovina, but with a different logo than BH Pošta. The currency was initially the Croatian kuna, and from 1999 the Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark. Since 2011, both postal authorities have used the double label Bosna i Hercegovina / Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine (sometimes abbreviated as FBiH), maintaining different logos and areas of use.

Pošte Srpske in Banja Luka started to issue stamps on 26 October 1992. The stamps first had the inscription Republika Srpska, and the currency was the Yugoslav dinar until 24 December 1992. Since 15 July 2003, the stamps bear the double inscription Bosna i Hercegovina / Republika Srpska. The stamps of Republika Srpska usually use the Cyrillic script, so the label reads Рeпублиҝa Српска.

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