St. Thomas

A commemorative postage stamp on St. Thomas, the Apostle :

409 St. Thomas Statue, Ortona, Italy [India Stamp 1964]Issued by India

Issued on Dec 2, 1964

Issued for : The P & T Department was happy to issue the St. Thomas stamp on the occasion of the first visit of His Holiness Pope Paul VI to India to attend the 38th International Eucharistic Congress, which was convened at Bombay.

Picture : The stamp carries a picture of the silver bust of St. Thomas which is in the Ortona Cathedral in Italy.

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Watermark : No

Colour : Rose Violet

Denomination : 15 Naye Paise

Overall Size : 3.30 x 2.46 cms.

Printing Size : 2.99 x 2.10 cms.

Perforation : 14 x 13½

Stamps Printed : 3.5 Million in sheets of 54

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printers : India Security Press

Name : Thomas the Apostle

Born on 1st century AD at Galilee, Israel

Died on Dec 21, 72 AD at Mylapore, Tamil Nadu, India

About : 

  • The Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department issued a special postage stamp in commemoration of Saint Thomas, one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ, on the 2nd December 1964, which coincides with the arrival of His Holiness Pope Paul VI in India. 
  • A completely authentic historical account of life of St. Thomas Didymus, one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ, introduced Christianity into India. Experts generally agree that he took the northwestern route to India and arrived about 52 A.D. He then proceeded to the southern coast and preached the Christian faith among the people of South India. There are some ancient monuments in Southern India, which are connected with St. Thomas. Chief among these are the St. Thomas Mount where, it is said, he met his death and the San Thome Cathedral at Madras, which has been reacted on the spot where he was buried. 

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