Diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Holy See were established on 24 June 1981. The Holy See maintains diplomatic relations as part of its mission to serve the international community. The Catholic Church has always played an important role in Singapore society and, even though the Catholic community is a minority today, it serves people of every ethnic group and religion through its schools and charitable institutions. The two stamps are the work of artist Irio Ottavio Fantini. One depicts the flags of Singapore and the Holy See, while the other shows symbols from each place: the dome of St. Peter's in the Vatican, and the Merlion (an animal half lion and half fish) of Singapore.