First year of Pope Francis marked with postal issue

The national postal service came out Wednesday with a stamp honoring the first Latin American pope, Francis, on his first year in office.

The pontiff, who is from Argentina, is called Francisco in Spanish. The stamp is valued at 300 colons, about 56 U.S. cents.

Like many of the commemorative issues by Correos de Costa Rica, the graphic is from an oil painting. The artist is Juan Manuel Delgado Méndez. Printing was by the La Uruca firm Imprenta Gozaka S.A.

The stamp is available at the downtown main postal office and also online at the Correos Web site.

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