New postage stamp honors Pope John Paul II

A new postage stamp commemorating the life of Pope John Paul II, who visited Latvia in 1993, will be released by the Latvian Post Office beginning Aug. 14.

The 15-santīm stamp shows the late pope with St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City in the background. A total of 1.8 million stamps were printed in Austria.

The pope, known earlier as Karol Wojtyla, was born in 1920 and died in April of this year. He served as pope from 1978 until his death.

First day covers and cancellations will be available Aug. 14 at the Basilica of Aglona in Latgale province, coinciding with the culmination of the annual pilgrimmage to Aglona by Catholics and others from throughout Latvia.

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A new Latvian stamp honors the late Pope John Paul II.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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