10 euro – 40th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul I
Forty years after the deaths of Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI, the Church will proceed with the canonization of Giovanni Battista Montini, successor of Peter from 1963 to 1978, who was succeeded by Albino Luciani, Bishop of Rome for only 33 days. Both were protagonists du¬ring difficult times, but ones rich in social and cultural developments. Both gave their support to the people of God with their strength and the courage of their spirits, coherent and faithful to the doctrine of the universal Church. Their lives and service as Vicars of Jesus Christ mar¬ked important chapters in the history of Christian witness and offered a humble and sublime message. The Philatelic Office celebrates this anniversary and the splendid gift of the recognition of the holiness of Pope Paul VI with the issue of the 5 and 10 Euro Silver Coins, designed respectively by Patrizio Daniele and Mariangela Crisciotti.