There is said to be strong interest from stamp collectors and others in two stamps issued to mark the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next month for the World Meeting of Families gathering.

According to today’s Irish Times, more than 450,000 €1 stamps showing the Pope, and 103,000 €1.50 international stamps, showing a family walking along a beach, will be issued, according to Angus Laverty of An Post.

First-day covers costing €3.50 will be available on envelopes with special franking marks, and in souvenir packs at main post offices and online.

More than 350,000 stamps issued to mark Ireland’s hosting of the Eucharistic Congress in 2012 were sold.

In a tweet, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin urged his flock to mark the World Meeting of Families: “Why not post a card and prayer to faraway family members with the new stamps?”

The ninth World Meeting of Families pastoral congress in Dublin takes place at the RDS from August 22nd to 24th. A Festival of Families is at Croke Park on August 25th.

All 500,000 tickets for the Mass, as well as the 45,000 tickets for Knock, and the 75,000 tickets  for Croke Park are booked out, as are 37,000 tickets for the pastoral congress in the RDS.

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