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Orf Light Of Peace From Bethlehem – Joint Issue With The Vatican City - Miniature Sheet

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  • 20.11.2020
About Orf Light Of Peace From Bethlehem – Joint Issue With The Vatican City

Symbolising the peace of Christmas Through this first joint issue by Austrian Post and the \/atican Post, the light of peace from Bethlehem is being celebrated as a beautiful tradition. This tradition was started by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) for Upper Austria in 1986 as a thank you for those who donated to its “Licht ins Dunkel” charitable telethon. The idea was so well received that since then every year, in the run up to Christmas, a child from Upper Austria lights the light of peace in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem and brings it back to Austria in a special lantern. With the help of numerous organisations such as the scouts or the Youth Fire Brigade, this glowing symbol of peace is then distributed to people around the world and, among other things, handed over to the EU Parliament. The light of peace is also delivered to Pope Francis. On one of the stamps on the sheet the Pope can be seen with the light of peace lantern, with a white pen and ink drawing of St. Peter’s below. The other stamp shows the Christ child, wrapped in a red cloth, a depiction inspired by the work of the Italian Baroque artist Guido Reni. Below this we see the star beneath the altar in the Grotto of the Nativity, the very spot where Jesus is supposed to have been born. In the background is a drawing of the Christkindl pilgrimage church in Steyr, while the lower border of the miniature sheet is decorated with the coat of arms of the Holy See.