Israel post and Vatican post issued Israel-Vatican Joint stamp Issue featuring Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre stands on the site where Jesus, according to Christian belief, was crucified, buried and resurrected.
This church, considered to be one of the most significant and holiest churches in the world, has been an important site for Christian pilgrims since the 4th century.
Israel-Vatican Joint stamp Issue
The Joint stamp Issue recalls the Pope’s historic journey to the Holy Land from 24 to 26 May.
The stamp features the front of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the adjacent bell tower.
The background of the souvenir sheet features Mount Zion and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
While the visit by Pope Francis to Israel in May 2014 was officially described as a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he participated in two events bearing both historic significance and importance for the future.
The Pope met with the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I (to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras I); and placed a wreath at the gravesite of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, another indication of the strengthening ties between Israel and the Vatican, and between Judaism and the Catholic Church.
The establishment of full diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the Holy See (as per the terms of the Fundamental Agreement signed in Jerusalem in 1993) was a significant step in the historic process of the Catholic Church’s changing attitude toward Judaism and the Jewish people.
Title: Israel-Vatican Joint stamp Issue Holy Church Jerusalem
Date of Issue: 2 September 2015
Country: Israel / Vatican
Denominations: 7.0 NIS / € 3.00