POPE FRANCIS BACKS VENICE EVENT FOR WORLD’S PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS – 5-EURO COIN CELEBRATES POPE PAUL VI’S CANONIZATION

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POPE FRANCIS BACKS VENICE EVENT FOR WORLD’S PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

Pope Francis is backing the #RedVenice initiative in Venice, Italy, Tuesday evening (Nov. 20), that aims to draw attention to and raise public opinion on the martyrdom and persecution of Christians in many countries around the world.

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a message on the Pope’s behalf to Patriarch Francesco Moraglia of Venice expressing his support for Tuesday evening’s event in Venice called #RedVenice, sponsored by the Patriarchate of Venice, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN ), a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians worldwide, and Venice municipality.

During the #RedVenice event, numerous landmarks of the famous lagoon city, including the waters of the Grand Canal, will be bathed in red light, symbolizing the colour of the blood of persecuted Christians.

“The Holy Father is sending his affectionate greetings to the young people taking part in the diocesan pilgrimage promoted by the Patriarchate of Venice and the Aid to the Church in Need foundation, to sensitize public opinion on the drama of numerous Christians persecuted for their faith,” Cardinal Parolin wrote in the message.

He said the Pope hopes the “provident initiative will arouse due attention on the part of all to the serious problem of discrimination that Christians suffer in many parts of the world”.

(For more: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-11/pope-francis-redvenice-support-persecuted-christians-asia-bibi.html)

5-EURO COIN CELEBRATES POPE PAUL VI’S CANONIZATION

The Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office (UFN) is celebrating the canonization of Pope Paul VI with, for the first time, the emission of a 5-Euro coin in silver with gold-plated relief. The coin costs 75€. Only 1,500 have been minted.

The UFN has the following offices:

UFN SALES OFFICE SANTA MARTA (inside Vatican City State so Vatican employees and retirees only can enter with ID) – OPENING HOURS: Monday – Friday: 8.00 – 12.00 – Saturday: closed

UFN SALES OFFICE (Mobile post office at left hand colonnade), Saint Peter Square
OPENING HOURS_ Monday – Saturday: 8.30 – 18.30

UFN SALES OFFICE VATICAN MUSEUMS (next to the Philatelic and Numismatic Museum) – Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00

(I have no information as to online sales of the coins. This is the webpage for the UFN: http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en/servizi/ufficio-filatelico-e-numismatico.html)