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His Holiness - Pope Francis.

As the 2014 curtains begin to draw shut, the Post PNG Philatelic Bureau welcomes you to yet, another exciting stamp release. Like most Postal Administrations, Post PNG releases both definitive and commemorative stamp issues on special events, occasions and subjects of great interest. As the 6th Stamp Issue for 2014, we feature His Holiness - Pope Francis, as most administrations are doing. The official release date for this issue is 28th July, 2014.
Papua New Guinea: His Holiness - Pope Francis.

Pope Francis - Jorge Mario Bergoglio (17 December 1936) is the pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before beginning seminary studies. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European Pope since Pope Gregory III in 741, 1,272 years earlier.

Throughout his public life, both as an individual and as a religious leader, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths. He is known for having a simpler and less formal approach to the papacy, most notably by choosing to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace used by his predecessors. In addition, due to both his Jesuit and Ignatian aesthetic, he is known for favoring simpler vestments void of ornamentation, by starting to refuse the traditional papal mozzetta cape upon his election, choosing silver instead of gold for his piscatorial ring, and keeping the same pectoral cross he had when he was cardinal.



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