Saturday, 25 May 2013

cover and stamp from Italy

Today I received a cover from Italy. The cover is stamped with the Italian EUROPA 2013 stamp "Postal vehicles" (from a set of two) (issued 09-05-2013).

Inside the cover was the Italian stamp celebrating the new Pope (issued 02-05-2013)! It is a joint issue with Argentina and the Vatican State. The text HABEMUS PAPAM on the stamp is Latin and means "We have a (new) Pope".
The new pope is called Francis, but his civic name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17th December 1936. He is the pope since the 13rd March 2013 after Pope Benedict XVI had abdicated (the first abdication since 1294!). He is the first pope from South America.

Thank You very much Giuseppe!

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