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Vatican post office commemorates papal resignation with special stamp

February 28, 2013

The Vatican post office has announced the release of a special cancellation stamp to commemorate the end of the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

The Vatican post office routinely releases commemorative stamps to mark major events such as the election or death of a Roman Pontiff. The resignation of Benedict XVI presented a new issue. The post office has responded with a postmark that reads: “Pope Benedict XVI Renounces the Petrine Ministry,” with the date of February 28. The postmark shows a picture of Pope Benedict against a backdrop of the dome of St. Peter’s basilica.


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