April 2. Pope John Paul
II, First Death Anniversary
1981 Pope John Paul II Souvenir Sheets Overprinted
Original Issue Printed by Staderini of Italy, Perf
13 3/4 x 13 1/4; Souvenir Sheet of 1
Souvenir Sheets of One (12,800)*
26p on 7p50 Portrait
of Pope John Paul II, Map of the Philippines
* Original quantity is 13,253 less spoilage of 453.
in black "Remembering
Pope John Paul II, His Life and Legacy to the Filipinos, 1st Death
Anniversary April 2, 2006".
First Day Covers: Manila
POPE JOHN PAUL II - FIRST DEATH
Pope John Paul II was
Head of the Catholic Church from 16 October 1978 to his death in
2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in history, and, having
been born in Poland, the first non-Italian since Pope Adrian VI, who
died in 1523.
John Paul II was one of the most
influential leaders of the 20th century. He is recognized as helping
to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of
John Paul II significantly improved
the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern
Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion.
He was one of the most
travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during
his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal
call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 people and canonized
483 saints, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during
the preceding five centuries.
Like John XXIII, his feast day is not
celebrated on the date of his death as is usual, but on 22 October,
the anniversary of his papal inauguration in 1978.
Filipino people are very much enthusiastic about featuring Pope John
Paul II on stamps in commemoration of his first death anniversary on
April 2, 2006. Therefore, the management decided to come up with a
project to utilize the stamps stocked at the Main Vault which
include the souvenir sheets of Pope John Paul II's Pastoral Visit in
The death of Pope John Paul II shall intensify
the faith of Filipinos and his memory shall remain in our life. With
the issuance of the overprinted souvenir sheet for his first death
anniversary, we can again spread his goodwill and holiness.