Israel Issues New Pope John Paul II Postage Stamp

Israel has expressed its esteem and appreciation for the late Pope John Paul II by issuing a stamp in his honor, showing the late Pontiff placing a note inside the stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall during his historic visit to Israel and the Holy City in 2000.

The stamp was released on June 9th, 2005, what would have been the Pope's 85th birthday. Communications Minister Dalia Itzik presented it to the head of the Holy See Embassy in Israel as well as other Catholic leaders and the ambassadors of Italy and Poland.

The stamp is captioned in English and Hebrew with a prayer that the Pope expressed during his visit. "May peace be God's gift to the land He chose as His own. Shalom," he had said.

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