A special stamp set featuring the Pope and the Archbishop of Birmingham has been issued by the Isle of Man Post.
A miniature sheet, consisting of two special postage stamps, and two stamp labels, is being issued today to commemorate Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVl, and the XX World Youth Day 2005.
The release coincides with 20th World Youth Day, which starts tomorrow in Cologne, Germany.
Among them will be the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, and young people from the Midlands.
It also marks Pope Benedict's first overseas trip since his election as Pope in April.
Peter Jennings, a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London, and a member of Birmingham Philatelic Society, provided Isle of Man Post with the picture of the Apostolic Palace, where the Pope lives, depicted on the 42p stamp, and the panoramic view of St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square, taken during the Inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict, shown on the front of the presentation pack.
He also provided the picture of Archbishop Nichols holding a photograph of Pope John Paul II, used in the presentation pack, and on the back of the official first day cover.
The picture was taken at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, on Sunday 3 April, following a special Mass for Pope John Paul II, who died the previous evening.