Friday, 5 May 2017
The Vatican City State is a 44 hectares small territory within the city of Rome, Italy. It was founded in 1929 with the Lateran Treaty between the Pope and the Government of Italy. The sovereign over the territory of the state is the Holy See. It is the Holy See that has diplomatic relations with other countries and is member of or observer at international organizations.
There are some international organizations that Vatican City is a member of, but those deal with territorial issues, like the Universal Postal Union. Vatican City has been issuing postage stamps since 1929. Stamps and coins account for a large portion of the income of the state.
I sent an envelope with an International Reply Coupon to the Philatelic Office and the Office chose the stamp and put it on the envelope. The postmark carries the text "surrexit Christus alleluia", which means "Christ is risen alleluia". This postmark is usually in use during the Easter period.
Website of the Philatelic and Numismatic Office:vaticanstate.va/en/ufficio-filatelico-e-numismatico.
Date sent: 17 April 2017
Date postmark: 21 April 2017
Date received: 29 April 2017
Number of days: 12
Envelope in collection: 21