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Birth centenary of St John Paul II - Philatelic Issue

On the 22nd of October 2020, MaltaPost will issue a miniature sheet bearing one stamp to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of St John Paul II.

Saint John Paul II became the 264th pope and the first non-Italian in 455 years. Lasting almost 27 years, his pontificate was one of the most important in centuries, building alliances with Jews, Orthodox, Protestants as well as with the post-communist Eastern Europe states also the State of Israel.

The stamp within the miniature sheet measures 31 mm x 44mm, with a comb perforation of 13.9 x 14.0 and bearing the Maltese Cross watermark. The miniature sheet itself measures 120 mm x 80 mm and was produced in the offset process by Printex Ltd. The issue,designed by Miguel Farrugia of MaltaPost, consists of 16,000 miniature sheets with each sheet bearing a value of €3.00.

This philatelic issue will be available from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo as from Thursday 22nd October 2020. Orders may be placed online at or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740, e-mail:

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