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25th Anniversary of the Slovak Ecclesiastical Province
St. Method
Catalogue Number:  290
Stamp Design:  Karol Felix
Stamp Engraving:  František Horniak
Date of Issue:  April 6, 2003
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates combined with offset
Size of Impression:  23.0 mm x 40.0 mm
Print Run:  120,000
FDC Design:  Karol Felix
FDC Engraving:  František Horniak
Cancellation Design:  Karol Felix
FDC Printing:  TAB, Ltd., Bratislava
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  6,000

The beginning of Christianity in our territory dates back to the Cyril and Method period when Method was appointed as Pannonia-Moravian archbishop in 870.
At Prince Svätopluk's request, Pope John VIII established a diocese in Nitra in 880, which came under the jurisdiction of Method. This territory actually covered northern part of Pannonia and, what is today, the Slovak Republic.
After some years of military conflicts, the next Great Moravian ruler, Mojmír II made an effort to restore Christianity in his empire and therefore asked Pope John IX to ordain an archbishop and three bishops in 899. St. Methoďs successor was probably his close colleague St. Gorazd.
On the stamp is an inscription "Method" in Glagolitic alphabet under the saint's portrait.
On the coupon is pre-romanesque church in Párovce (in the area of Nitra).

Viliam Judák

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