vacante” has been issued by the Vatican post office.
Marking the first papal resignation in 600 years, the stamp is expected to become especially valuable if postmarked on the first day.
Designed by Daniela Longo it depicts an angel with two keys under a canopy. It is the seventh time that a stamp has been issued to mark the vacant see since
the tradition began in 1939.
Euronews correspondent Fabien Farge managed to get his hands on a copy.
“This little piece of paper with its perforated edges is what everyone is after in the Vatican City. It’s an object which will be coveted by stamp collectors but also for anyone who wants to own a little piece of this special
moment in the history of the Catholic Church.”