Israel Issues Stamp in Memory of John Paul II

TEL AVIV, Israel, MAY 24, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The state of Israel has dedicated a stamp commemorating Pope John Paul II on the occasion of what would have been his 85th birthday, May 18.

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The Israeli Embassy to the Holy See announced it officially, noting that the philatelic issue reproduces the historical image of John Paul II at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, according to Sunday’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano.

According to the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, Israel’s Environment Entity will promote the establishment of a «Meeting Park for the Pope of Young People» in Galilee, a «place linked to Christianity and loved by John Paul II, where an amphitheater will also be erected.»

The initiative aims to «develop in young people, belonging to the different monotheistic religions, the culture of dialogue to build a future of peace.»

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