To commemorate Pope Benedict XVI's visit this week to the Holy Land, the Israel Postal Company has released a personalised stamp sheet, together with an "Israel Welcomes Pope Benedict XVI" souvenir booklet.
The labels adjoining the stamps in the sheet and the photographs in the booklet, show pictures of 12 sacred places visited by innumerable Christian pilgrims over the centuries. The places are: the Grotto of the Annunciation, Nazareth; the Sea of Galilee; the Church of the Dormition, Jerusalem; the Church of the Primacy of St Peter; the Church of the Transfiguration; Church of the Beatitudes; the Rotunda of the Tomb in the Holy Sepulchre; the Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; the Church of All Nations, Gethsemane; The Garden of Gethsemane and the Cenacle, the room of the Last Supper.
Designed to look like stained glass and old parchment, the booklet includes Biblical texts selected from the Jerusalem Bible and short descriptions of the Holy places. These have been carefully translated into Hebrew and the booklet includes both the English and Hebrew text together.
The Israel Post Philatelic Service has printed 10,000 numbered copies of the stamp sheet and booklet.
The non-denominational, definitive "Blue and White" stamp, as . . .
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