150th ANNIVERSARY OF L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO

150th ANNIVERSARY OF L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO  

The first issue of L'Osservatore Romano was published a century and a half ago on Monday, July 1st, 1861. To mark this important milestone in the life of the Vatican daily, which ranks among the foremost newspapers of the world, the Philatelic Office has produced a special issue of ten stamps of 60 euro cents each. The ten stamps depict ten historic front pages of the newspaper for each year a pope was elected, including: Pius IX (1846-1878) beatified in the year 2000 and whose pontificate was the longest among the successors of the Apostle Peter; 1878 with Leo XIII, pontiff for a quarter century; 1903 with Pius X, the most recent Pope proclaimed a saint; 1914 with Benedict XV who denounced the "senseless slaughter" in the First World War; 1922 with Pius XI when in 1929, a few months after the Conciliation with Italy, L'Osservatore Romano moved its offices to the newly established Vatican City State; 1939 with Pius XII who also reigned during a time of terrible world conflict, the Second World War; 1958 with John XXIII who opened the Second Vatican Council and was beatified in 2000 together with Pius IX; 1963 with Paul VI, the first to make papal visits to the five continents; 1978 with John Paul I, pope for just 33 days, followed by John Paul II, the first non-Italian pontiff since 1523, beatified in 2011; and finally, 2005 with the election of Benedict XVI. Thanks to the Vatican Philatelic Office, the newspaper of the Holy See - published in eight languages and with a newly inaugurated website for the 150th anniversary - also wishes in this way to reach out and offer its friendship to believers and non-believers alike, to bridge the horizons of society with openness to God. Text by Giovanni Maria Vian, Director of L'Osservatore Romano