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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Vatican City to Issue "Vacant See" Stamp

Visitors to Vatican City often get a thrill out of buying Vatican City stamps and sending postcards from this tiny country within the city of Rome. Of course, the postcards usually arrive faster via the Vatican than via Italian mail. The Vatican post office announced it will issue a special stamp honoring Pope John Paul II. The "vacant See" stamp can only be used until a new pope is elected. It will be an image of two crossed keys but no papal headgear. The traditional image on Vatican stamps issued while a pope is alive has the keys and the headgear. The last time the Vatican post office issued vacant seat stamps was 1978, when John Paul I died. If I don't make it to Rome during this time, I'm going to ask some colleagues in Rome to buy some for me.

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