Stamps Mark Pontiff's Holy Land Trip

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TEL AVIV, Israel, MAY 7, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Israel Philatelic Service of the Israel Postal Company is selling the first of two series of commemorative stamps to mark Benedict XVI's visit to the Holy Land.

Each series consists of a dozen stamps. Ten thousand copies have been made of the first series, which have been on sale since Monday. They feature 12 of the holy sites the Pontiff will visit on the Israel leg of his May 8-15 trip.

The first set includes an "Israel Welcomes Pope Benedict XVI" personalized stamp sheet, and an informational booklet containing photos of the Holy Christian Sites in Israel and relevant biblical references.

The booklet was complied and written by journalist Peter Jennings, who is also a member of The Royal Philatelic Society London.

The second series will be released after the Pope's visit and will feature photos taken during the Holy Father's visit and the phrase: "Israel welcomes Benedict XVI."

The set will include a "Pilgrimage of Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Land" personalized stamp sheet and a booklet containing actual photos, articles and quotes from the addresses and sermons given by the Holy Father while in the Holy Land.

Papal visit postcard sets are also available.

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To order: www.israelpost.co.il/pope