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Vatican City

14 February 2020

Pope Francis With Animals

<strong.Vatican City: Pope Francis with Animals, 14 February 2020. Images from Ufficio Filatelico e Numismatico.

Technical Specifications:

Face Values: € 1.10 – € 1.15 – € 2.40 – € 3.00 = Euro 7.65
Image Format: 30 x 40 mm
Perforation: 13 ¼ x 13 mm
Sheet Of: 10 stamps
Printer: Cartor (France)
Max. Total Printing: 120,000 complete series

The annual series celebrating the Pontificate of Pope Francis 2020 clearly recalls the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato si’ in which the Pope invites all of us to a more attentive and respectful attitude towards creation. In the Encyclical, following the biblical narrative of Creation, Pope Francis highlights how human life is grounded in three fundamental relationships: with God, with neighbour and with the earth. Each creature has its own role, none is superfluous and everything is “a caress of God” writes Pope Francis, recalling that “every act of cruelty towards any creature is contrary to human dignity” (LS 92). In line with the principles of respect, love and care towards every living being, the stamps that make up the philatelic series, corresponding to the four prices for priority mail (1.10, 1.15, 2.40 and 3 Euros), portray the Pope next to various animal species.

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