Papal trips are important for many reasons, including their geopolitical significance, their meaning for relations with other Christian churches and other faiths, their impact on the local Catholic community, and the media coverage they generate. On June 24-26 Pope Francis visited Armenia. On this occasion "Haypost" puts into circulation a souvenir sheet with one stamp and four postage stamps designed into a mini sheet in a form of a cross.
StampNews.com invites our readers to appreciate the bright designs of these philatelic items.
The official cancelation ceremony of the souvenir sheet and mini-sheet took place at the Presidential Palace of the RA in the presence of high-ranking delegations from Armenia and Vatican. The cancellation was carried out by the Head of the Presidential Staff of the Republic of Armenia, Vigen Sargsyan and His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.
The souvenir sheet with one stamp depicts Pope Francis against the backgrounds of Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, as well as the logo dedicated to the visit of Pope Francis to Armenia and the coat of arms of Pope Francis.
The format of four stamps designed into a form of a cross has been selected by "Haypost Trust Management b.v.", a company that belongs to Mr. Eduardo Eurnekian, an Argentinian Armenian businessman, and has a symbolic meaning for the visit of Pope Francis to the first Christian Nation.
The four stamps depict Pope Francis against the backgrounds of a statue to Saint Gregory the Illuminator donated to the Vatican by Armenia, a monument dedicated to the theme "Armenia ‒ the first Christian Nation" in Yerevan, inner parts of the Main Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
The souvenir sheet has an inscription "Pope Francis. Armenia. 24-26 June, 2016", as well as "Visit to the first Christian Nation" which is the official motto of this visit.