06 June 2022
The Vatican City State Mint has issued a special medal on the theme of 'Peace in Ukraine' with all proceeds from the sale of the medals set to go to charity.
The official medal has been issued 'as a way to join calls for a halt to weapons and a return to dialogue' and features poignant designs from artists Orietta Rossi and Daniela Longo.
The first side depicts three people fleeing from a city destroyed by bombs with their entire lives in a suitcase and a soft toy in their hands, guided by a young mother who is walking towards us reminding us of our duty to welcome and show solidarity. At the top, in Latin and Cyrillic, the words PAX - MИP appear.
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On the obverse, Daniela Longo depicts a dove of peace, below the coat of arms of Pope Francis and part of the prayer he recited during the General Audience of 16 March 2022.