On this day, April 2, in 2005, John Paul II died at his home in the Vatican.
Pope John XXIII, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was born on this day, November 25, in 1881.
Actress, singer, and animal rights activist Brigitte “B.B.” Bardot, turned 85 on September 28.
In July, Pope Francis approved a miracle that occurred through the intercession of Archbishop Sheen, clearing the way for his beatification.
On this day, February 11, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years in confinement.
The stamp was designed with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh, taken on Mandela’s first visit to Canada in 1990.