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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Provost of Vienna Oratory praises instant Euro 2008 stamps
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¬†The Provost of the Vienna Oratory of St Philip Neri, Fr Felix Selden, has praised an instant sheet of Austria Post EURO 2008 CHAMPIONS commemorative postage stamps issued only two hours, five minutes after Spain beat Germany 1-0 in the Final on Sunday 29 June, the Feast of St Peter and Paul. Fr Selden, who is Apostolic Visitor on behalf of the Vatican, to 80 Oratories throughout the world, said: "This is a wonderful memento that will be collected and treasured by stamp collectors and football fans. I have got a sheet of stamps to give my mother Elizabeth, now 88 years old, who has collected stamps since her childhood." Fr Selden revealed that he also collected stamps when he was young. He said: "I gave up stamp collecting when I began studying for the priesthood on the mid-1970's but this engaging sheet of Austria Post stamps has certainly rekindled my interest in the hobby." Fr Selden added: "I very much hope that two of three countries issue special commemorative stamps to mark the Beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman, when that happens, hopefully sometime during 2009". Cardinal Christoph SchŲnborn, Archbishop of Vienna, an enthusiastic follower of football, was among the VIP guests at the Final. Austria Post and OeSD, the Austrian State Printing House, smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest printing of a postage stamp. The previous world record stood at 10 hours, 24 minutes. It was achieved on 20 April 2001 by the Crown Agents Stamp Bureau and the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau with a £2 souvenir sheet, issued to celebrate the 75th birthday of The Queen the following day. The new world record time was achieved when the first sheet of commemorative stamps was sold from the counter of an Austria Post Stamps Shop situated near St Stephen's Cathedral in the heart of Vienna at 0.41am on Monday 30 June. The famous Guinness World Records Logo is included on the edge of each sheet of ten stamps - five 55c stamps (Internal postage rate for a first class letter) and five 65c stamps (rate for letter in the EU).
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