Pope Johannes-Paulus II, 1980


Pope John Paul II (1920- ) is said to be the most recognized person in the world. He is the most traveled Pope in the 2,000-year history of the Church and speaks eight languages. Born Karol Joseph Wojtyla (pronounced Voy-tee-wah) in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920 to an administrative officer in the Polish army and a former schoolteacher. In 1978, at the age of 58 the College of Cardinals elected him to lead the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first non-Italian chosen as Pope in 456 years and the youngest in this century. At age 61 he suffered serious wounds during an assassination attempt.

Traveled to Africa in 1980:

Arrival in Africa, Kinshasa, Zaire on May 2, 1980. Traveled on the 5th to Brazzaville, on the end of the 5e he went to Kisangani in Zaire, later in the day he left for Nairobi.


Date of issue: 2 May 1980

Expiration date:



Perforation: 13

Size: 35 x 51 mm

Marginal inscriptions block 42: on the lower part “Visite de Sa Sainteté le Pape Jean Paul II au Zaïre – Mai 1980”.

Circulation block: 41.803


No 1036. 10z (always from block 42)


Note: 16,000 of these blocks were overprinted and issued in 1985.

Block 42. Perforated and imperforated


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