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Island's stamps commemorate Popes
Papal stamps Isle of Man
The stamps commemorate Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI
A set of stamps commemorating the Roman Catholic Church's 20th World Youth Day in Germany is being issued by Isle of Man Stamps on Monday.

Young Catholics from the Isle of Man, which is part of Liverpool Archdiocese, will be among more than a million young people in Cologne from 16-21 August.

Several locations including Vatican City and Germany have released stamps to mark the event.

The stamps were devised by journalist and philatelist Peter Jennings.

Mr Jennings contacted Isle of Man Post following of the Funeral of Pope John Paul II in St Peter's Square on Friday 8 April and the election and Inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict XVI.

He provided pictures of the Apostolic Palace, the Papal residence, 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 24 April, shown on the front of the presentation pack.

"It's the first time that postage stamps depicting the Apostolic Palace, and St Peter's Basilica, 1.50 stamp, have received Royal Approval from The Queen," he said.


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