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Italian prisoner draws images for Vatican stamps


Post office taking seriously pope's message about hope for all ...

The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office will unveil on November 9 a series of stamps designed by Marcello D’Agata, an inmate of the Milan prison.

Among the vignettes signed by the prisoner, who is passionate about drawing, there is a representation of the Madonna and Child specially designed for Christmas.

These stamps, of which 60,000 copies will be printed, will bear a value of €1.10 to €1.15.

Convicts are serving a sentence, explained the Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office, but we must not forget to offer them a “horizon of hope.”

The prison in which D’Agata is held is the largest of the 225 Italian prisons; 1,400 people are held there. It’s particularly famous for holding some of the most iconic representatives of Italian crime.

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