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Österreichische Post AG commemorates John Paul II.

Pressemeldung from 14.04.2005

One-million special issue on the occasion of the Pontiff’s death

The death of Pope John Paul II does not only leave a hard-to-fill gap in the Catholic Church, but has also meant a great loss to people all over the world. Österreichische Post AG commemorates the death of John Paul II, the “Traveling Pope”, as Karol Józef Wojtyla was often referred to, in the form of a stamp.

One million copies of the stamp will be available from all Austrian post offices from 14 April 2005. The stamp, which was designed by Peter Sinawehl, was produced by the Austrian State Printing Office using a combination printing process and engraved by Kurt Leitgeb.

The special issue “John Paul II“ will be presented on 14 April 2005 at 10 a.m. at the Vienna Archbishop’s Palace by Msgr. Dr. Ägidius Zsifkovics, the Secretary General of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference, and Dr. Herbert Götz, managing director of Österreichische Post AG.

Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II was born on 18 May 1920 in Wadowice, a small town near Krakow in Poland. After leaving school, Johannes Paul II went to study at Krakow University. In 1946, he was ordained as priest, and became bishop already in 1958, a mere twelve years later. In 1967, Karol Józef Wojtyla was appointed as cardinal, and elected to become Pope in 1978. John Paul II is the first pope to have come from Poland, and the first non-Italian pontiff since 1522/23. In 1981 he was severely injured in an assassination attempt on St. Peter’s Square. John Paul II set a record in terms of beatifications and canonizations. Even when he was still alive, his pontificate was considered one of the longest in the Catholic Church’s history.

For more information please contact:

Österreichische Post AG
Corporate Communications
Public relations
Michael Homola
Phone: +43 (1) 515 51 – 32010

Vienna, 14 April 2005