The Daily Question

Which High Renaissance artist's most notable work was the
Sistine Madonna and the Transfiguration?

  • Michelangelo
  • Perugino
  • Raphael
  • Leonardo da Vinci

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Website Improvements

We have recently been able to acquire additional disk space for the VPS website. This allows us to store all of our files on one server, all of the Vatican Notes (almost 70 years of publication). THANK YOU to those that have donated a little extra which made this possible!!

VPS Daily Question

A ‘VPS Question of the Day’ is emailed to members each morning. Its intention is to enhance knowledge of Vatican City and Vatican City Stamps.

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Vatican City
Collecting Basic

Click on topic of choice to see article from Vatican Notes. These articles are good reading both for the new and established collector!

Add VPS Link Button
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Here is how to create a desktop app for the Vatican Philatelic Society (VPS) website using the Chrome browser on your phone:
(1) Open browser - Go to the VPS Page3 link (
(2) Click on three horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner of the browser screen
(3) Select the option to Add to Home screen
(4) If you want, change the title wording
(5)Confirm addition by touching Add button
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Something to try ....

I do not think the GoDaddy email server likes working Sunday nights. Our email distribution did not get out last night or Sunday night the week before. Suggest everyone using their phone start reading the VPS daily readings by going to I have made this a button on my phone and it works really great!

Roman Lenten Station Churches

This Lenten season the VPS Website will present some interesting facts about each of the Roman Lenten Station Churches. Each day during Lent the VPS website Page 2 will show something interesting about one of the Roman Station churches and the Vatican stamps that relate to that particular church. This project has been primarily driven by VPS member Dennis Oniszczak, aided by other website team members, who spent a great deal of time researching each of the Station Churchs, then developing a relationship of church information to Vatican stamps. Make plans to go to the VPS website Page 2 on the Member Page every day during Lent and see the results of this very interesting study!

394 Publication Mailing

The 394nd issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in late December 2022. This issue shows us a variety of messages found on postcards.

393 Publication Mailing

The 393nd issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in late November 2022. This issue features an article on Doctors Of The Church.

Vatican City Visit - 2022

After a recent visit to Vatican City, Marvin Lanahan wrote several short articles. Click on the links below to see these articles:
• Attempting To Photograph The Central Post Office Building
• A Visit To The Vatican Postal Museum
• Looking For Vatican Postal Boxes
• A Central Post Office Postmark

392 Publication Mailing

The 392nd issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in late July 2022. This issue features an article on Pontifical State Mourning Covers. Other interesting articles are on the Collegio Caprancica and some historical postcards of the Vatican Museum.

391 Publication Mailing

The 391st issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in April 2022. This issue features an article on the ancient historical tradition of the venerated “Way of the Cross” in Jerusalem that gave rise to the well-known Stations of the Cross. Another interesting article is a comprehensive series of design essays created for the new Catholic University of the Sacred Heart stamp in Milano.

390 Publication Mailing

The 390th issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in early January 2022. This issue features an article on Vatican City Hotel mail. It also documents Vatican Postal History of Peru and Liechtenstein.

VPS Stamp Calendar

Check out the new VPS Stamp Calendar! This calendar shows Vatican stamps related to each day. It also provides links to the daily emails. Check it out!

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Not every stamp issued by the Vatican Post Office is included on the calendar. If you feel a stamp should be added to the calendar click here to submit your suggestion.

Special Vatican Notes Issue

This special issue of Vatican Notes will not be available in print form. Jim Hamilton has updated and expanded his series of Philatelic Journeys. Read it on-line or download a copy.

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VPS Website Features

The VPS Website has an enormous amount of information on Vatican Philately. These articles are intended to inform members of the various features available on the website and to guide you on the easy steps to access these features.

VPS Want List

The VPS website has a Want List. There are a number of first-day covers we require images for to add to the Stamp List. Check out the Want List and help support the website by scanning and uploading your covers so we can share them with other VPS members.

Introduction To The Stamps Of Vatican City

John Schorn has put together a video which gives a short introduction to the postage stamps of Vatican City. It includes information on how to learn more about stamp collecting.

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On-Line Vatican Notes

The VPS publication Vatican Notes is on-line with issues starting from the 1950's. New issues are published quarterly.

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