Vito Noto, Lugano
Pope Francis visited Switzerland on 21 June 2018 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva. The WCC is an association of churches seeking unity among Christians.
The WCC, or World Council of Churches, includes 348 Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Old Catholic churches, as well as ecclesiastical communities from more than 110 countries. They represent more than 500 million Christians worldwide. The WCC was founded in Amsterdam on 23 August 1948 and is based in Geneva. This visit by Pope Francis is especially significant from an ecumenical perspective since the Roman Catholic Church is the largest church in the world with over 1.3 billion adherents but is not a member of the WCC.
Popes have been a popular motif around the globe for decades. In the past, several European postal organizations have immortalized papal visits on stamps. Swiss Post has followed suit for the first time by honouring the Pope’s visit with a commemorative stamp.
The stamp sheets (A244 111) and unstamped cover (A244 700) are available for delivery effective immediately. Please note that orders also containing other papal stamp products or products from the 3/2018 issue will not be dispatched until 30 August 2018. If you want to receive the stamps / empty covers sooner, you will need to order them separately. A processing fee of 7 francs will be charged for orders under 15 francs.