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Pope Francis Year II | Philippines-Vatican City 2014 Joint Issue


The Philippine Postal Corporation will commemorate the Philippines – Vatican City 2014 Joint Issue featuring 2nd year of Pontification of Pope Francis .

Kind of Issue : Commemorative
Perforation : 14
Denomination and Quantity : P40.00 ........90,000
Printing Process : Litho – Offset (4 colors)
Date of Issue : March 21 , 2014
Paper : Imported Unwatermarked
Last day of sale : March 22 , 2015 (as stock allows)
Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.
Size of stamp : 30mm X 40mm
Layout Artist : Victorino Z. Serevo
Design : Image of Pope Francis waving his hand

Jorge Mario Bergoglio Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; December 17, 1936 is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, having been elected Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of Italian parents, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the seminary. He was ordained priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He was the eldest of five children of Mario Jose Bergoglio, an Italian immigrant accountant born in Portacomaro (Province of Asti) in Italy’s Piedmont region, and his wife Regina Maria Sivori, a housewife born in Buenos Aires to a family of Northern Italian (Piedmontese-Genoese) origin.

Bergoglio’s sister Maria Elena told reporters decades later that their father often said “the advent of fascism was the reason that really pushed him to leave Italy”. She is the pope’s only living sibling. His brother Alberto died in June 2010.Bergoglio has been a lifelong supporter of the San Lorenzo de Almagro football club. In the sixth grade, Bergoglio attended Wilfrid Baron de los Santos Angeles, a school of the Salesians of Don Bosco, in Ramos Mejia, Buenos Aires. He attended the technical secondary school Escuela Nacional de Educacion Tecnica No. 27 Hipolito Yrigoyen and granted with a chemical technician’s diploma. He worked for a few years in that capacity in the food section at Hickethier-Bachmann Laboratory. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was created a Cardinal in 2001. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, 2013, the subsequent papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on March 13. He chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope since Pope Gregory III,1272 years earlier. Throughout his life, both as an individual and as a religious leader, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths. He is known for having a simpler and less formal approach to the papacy, most notably by choosing to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace formerly used by his predecessors. In addition, he is known for favouring simpler vestments void of ornamentation, by starting to refuse the traditional papal mozzetta cape upon his election, choosing silver instead of gold for both his piscatory ring, and keeping the same pectoral cross he had when he was cardinal. While affirming the present Church teachings, has stated that Catholics have concentrated officiously on condemning abortion, contraception, and homo sexual acts, while neglecting the greater need for tenderness, mercy and compassion. Furthermore, he emphasize the Christian obligation to assist the poor and the needy, while upholding the orthodox teachings of the Catholic faith with clemency and optimistic tone, as well as promoting the interfaith dialogue. In December 2013, Time magazine named Pope Francis their Person of the Year for 2013.
Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available starting March 21, 2014 at the Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Manila
Central Post Office, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

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