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Vatican Christmas stamps revealed

The Vatican's 2015 Christmas stamps feature a manuscript illumination of the Holy Family by an unknown artist from the 15th century (CNS)

This year’s Vatican Christmas stamps feature a 15th-century manuscript illumination of the Holy Family.

Flanked by a lowing ox and a donkey, Mary and Joseph pray over baby Jesus as angels sing above and poor shepherds approach.

The image, painted by an unknown artist, is from the Codices Urbinates Latini 239 (1477-1478) from the Vatican Library.

The special edition stamps went on sale on November 19 in two denominations of 80 euro cents and 95 euro cents in sheets of 10.

The Vatican post office and Philatelic and Numismatic Office also offer a collector’s booklet containing four 95 euro cent stamps and commemorative cover for €3.80.

All order requests should be made by email to: [email protected] The Vatican stamp office will then send an order form and payment instructions.