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Universe Reader Competition: Win a souvenir pack of special An Post stamps

Three lucky Universe readers will have the chance to win a First Day Cover of the World Meeting of Families stamps.

Pick up your copy of The Universe this weekend for more information on how to enter the competition. Details are on page three of this week’s Universe, which is available on Friday 3rd August.

An Post issued the two new stamps to mark the historic visit of Pope Francis to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families later this month.

There has been strong demand for a print run of 500,000 €1 stamps, carrying an image of Pope Francis with a dove taking flight and over 100,000 (€1.50 international) stamps, which feature a family walking together on a beach. The stamps and related stamp product are designed by Dublin-based Vermillion Design.

The stamps are on sale now in selected Post Offices across Ireland, while specially designed First Day Covers, stamp miniature sheets and souvenir sheets are also available from the stamp counters at Dublin’s GPO and online at www.irishstamps.ie.

Speaking at the unveiling of the stamps Archbishop Diarmuid Martin thanked An Post, saying they were a fitting tribute to what he hoped would be ‘a memorable and uplifting visit of Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland – a visit that presents a great opportunity for the Church and the country”.

The stamps are already acting as a general memento of the occasion and provoking considerable interest from, stamp collectors overseas.

Aileen Mooney, who works for a team that look after the annual stamp programme at the General Post Office in Dublin, said the stamps have been created to commemorate the event.

“This is one of the most significant international events that will take place in Ireland in 2018,” she said. “For a lot of people this will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives so An Post have created these stamps.”

She explained that the idea behind the family on the beach stamp represents inter-generational families spending time together and reflecting on life.

Ms Mooney added: “The two images are very carefully chosen to bring across the message of what World Meeting of Families is about.”

Picture: The international stamp featuring a family walking together on a beach. (An Post).

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OTHER NEWS

JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

At noon today (Sunday, 29 March), England will be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary. While celebrations have been scaled back for obvious reasons, Catholics can still make join in at home by saying the prayers below. You can say the prayers at any time of day, although...

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With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

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