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|Motif||S. Johannes Paulus II Papa|
Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, is to be canonised in Rome on 27th April 2014. On 16th October 1978 Karol Wojtyla, born on 18th May 1920 in Wadowice near Krakow, became the first Pole ever and the first non-Italian since 1523 to be elected Pope. In memory of this popular head of the Roman Catholic Church and of his visit to Liechtenstein in 1985 in particular the souvenir sheet “Pope St. John Paul II” (face value CHF 1.40) will appear one day after his canonisation.
“I am very happy to be able to be here with you!” With this sentence, addressed to the Reigning Prince H.S.H. Prince Franz Josef II on Sunday 8th September 1985 shortly after arriving in Liechtenstein, Pope John Paul II expressed his delight in paying a visit to the small Alpine country. Liechtenstein is one of the 130 states visited by the Pontiff on 103 journeys abroad during his term of office. These involved travelling a total of some 250,000 kilometres – more than six times round the world.
On that occasion an estimated 30,000 people packed the Sportpark Eschen-Mauren stadium to welcome the Holy Father and celebrate mass with him. In his address, which was repeatedly interrupted by enthusiastic applause, Pope John Paul II called for, among other things, daily prayer and the preservation of Liechtenstein’s separate identity as a small state, and also for the nurturing of good-neighbourly relations. There followed further arranged events and then, before the Pope’s departure, a meeting in Schaan with some of Liechtenstein’s young people. There too he was received and cheered with great enthusiasm, leaving with his open manner and charming personality not just his Christian message but also an indescribable atmosphere throughout the country. To this day the Papal visit of 1985 is remembered at mass every 8th September, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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