100th Anniversary of Yu-Pin’s Birth Commemorative Issue( 2001)

Stamp SN B286
Stamp Name 100th Anniversary of Yu-Pin’s Birth Commemorative Issue( 2001)
Stamp Cat Standard Commemorative Stamps
Stamp Cat Individuals
Issue date 2001-12-07
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co. Inc., R.O.C.
Designer Lee Kuang-chi
Creative Director
Sheet composition 20 ( 4 x 5 )
Print color Colorful
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper
Perforation 11 x 11 1/2


Stamp design:

Yu-Pin was born in Hailun County, Heilungkiang Province in 1901. His baptized name was Paul. Born poor, Yu-Pin was a pious believer in God. Smart, fond of learning, and ambitious, he made vows even as a child to devote himself to church and country. At the age of 23, he was sent to study in Rome. He could speak six languages and held three doctoral degrees. He knew many members of the Italian elite and founded the Sino-Italian Amity, which advocated east-west cultural exchange and strived to bring about world peace. After returning to China, he founded several magazines and the National Committee of Catholic Action for Men and Women. Paul Yu-Pin was appointed Archbishop of Nanking later. At the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), he spared no time to donate airplanes to the country and later on, he went abroad eight times to arouse the sympathy and support for the fight against the Japanese Invasion. In 1943, he founded the Religious Believers' Amity, which gathered together Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist and Muslim leaders to discuss how to fight against the Japanese Invasion. This was the first example in China of cooperation between religious groups. In 1949, when the government moved to Taiwan, the patriotic Archbishop Yu-pin strived to gain support for the R.O.C. internationally. He got the support of many South American and Latin American countries in the United Nations, and helped to restore diplomatic relationship with Spain and establish diplomatic relationship with Vietnam. He also helped the Vatican to reestablish Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taipei. In 1969, he was elevated to the rank of Cardinal.

Cardinal Yu-Pin opposed materialism and advocated respect for human rights. He was a man of action rather than just words. He firmly believed that respect for truth is the same as respect for God. He was demanding of himself and lenient with others. He spared no efforts for God and country. He is a good model for later generations. The year 2001 is the 100th anniversary of his birth. In commemoration, the Directorate is issuing a stamp featuring his portrait and a souvenir sheet, both with denominations of NT$25. The stamp and the souvenir sheet are scheduled to be released on December 7, 2001. The stamp was painted by Mr. Lee Kuang-chi and has been printed in color deep-etch offset by China Color Printing Co., Ltd.

First-day covers, folders with and without crystal mounts and loose-leaf album pages will be released along with the stamps. These will go on sale December 5, 2001. Pre-cancelled FDCs will go on sale December 7, 2001, the stamps' date of issue. For further information, please refer to the upcoming Philatelic Bulletin or Postal Service Today.