An undated picture made available by the Vatican's Philatelic and Numismatic Office, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, showing a 20 Euro stamp and certificate. Not even the Vatican is immune from the economic crisis. For the first time, the Vatican is seeking funds directly from pilgrims, collectors and tourists to pay for the ambitious restoration of the 17th century Bernini colonnade surrounding St. Peter's Square, offering a special 20 Euro stamp and certificate for the cause. (AP Photo/Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office, HO)
Vatican sells stamps to restore famed colonnade
The Associated Press
First Published Nov 27 2012 11:06 am • Last Updated Nov 27 2012 11:06 am
VATICAN CITY • Not even the Vatican is immune from the economic crisis.
For the first time, the Vatican is seeking funds directly from pilgrims, collectors and tourists to pay for the ambitious restoration of the 17th century Bernini colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square. It is offering a special (euro) 20 ($26) stamp and certificate package.
The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported Tuesday that the Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office, which sells commemorative coins and stamps featuring popes, saints and the like, issued the series to offset a recession-induced drop in corporate sponsors for the restoration.
Two (euro) 10 ($13) stamps are affixed on the certificate, one featuring Pope Benedict XVI’s papal seal and the other the seal of Pope Alexander VII, who along with Bernini came up with the idea for the colonnade.
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