700 lire Pope John Paul II Trip to Columbia, St. Lucia single
On October 27, 1987, the Vatican issued a series of eight definitive stamps featuring the journeys of Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) during 1985 and 1986.
The 700-lire stamp commemorates the pope's journey to Colombia and St. Lucia, July 1-8, 1986. The stamp features a profile of the pope, a Colombian Indian woman, a child, and two women of St. Luca. At the right is the Cathedral of Bogota and in the background a Colombian person with an ancient ceramic.
The stamps are horizontal, measure 40 x 30 mm, and have a perforation of 14 x 13 1/4. Produced on white chalky paper in multicolor rotogravure print, the stamps were issued in sheets of twenty. Each stamp includes the dates of the journey, the names of the places visited, the value, and the words POSTE VATICANE. Professor Renato Cristiano designed the series.
"New Definitives." Vatican Notes 36, no. 4 (January 1988): 4-5.