Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Israel Issues New Pope John Paul II Postage Stamp

"Pope Benedict XVI was presented with two special edition stamps by Israeli and German officials on Wednesday marking the visit of the late John Paul II to the Holy Land and the church's upcoming World Youth Day in Cologne.

The Israeli stamp depicts John Paul's stop at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, where he left a letter asking forgiveness for acts committed against Jews by Christians throughout history.

The German stamp celebrates August's World Youth Day, for which Benedict will travel to Cologne on Aug. 18-21 - a trip originally planned by the late John Paul. The German-born pope is due to visit the Cologne synagogue during the trip and say prayers in Hebrew."


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