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Famous People 2010 – Papua New Guinea stamp issue

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On the 13th of September the Philatelic Bureau of PNG is issuing three stamp sets commemorating the worldwide famous figures Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Mother Teresa.

Pope John Paul served 26 years as the pope until his death April 2nd in 2005. He was acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century; he significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Anglican Communion, and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Pope Benedict XVI is the 265th and current at the head of the Catholic Church. On April 19th 2005 he was elected to become pope and celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on April 24th 2005. He succeeded John Paul II. Pope Benedict is from Utrecht and is the ninth German pope. The Ratzinger Foundation is the Pope Benedict's own foundation a charitable organization which generates revenue from the sale of his books and essays in order to fund scholarships and bursaries for students across the world.

Mother Teresa ministered to the sick, poor, orphaned and dying for over 45 years in India and other countries. Pope John Paul II gave her the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Mother Teresa won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and in 1980 India's highest civilian honor the Bharat Ratna for her humanitarian work.

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