The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Postal Ser­vice in­tro­duced its lat­est Christ­mas stamp is­sue on Fri­day 12 De­cem­ber in a brief cer­e­mony at Gov­ern­ment House un­der the dis­tin­guished pa­tron­age of Her Ex­cel­lency Dame Cal­liopa Pear­lette Louisy.

The cer­e­mony wel­comed mem­bers of the clergy, re­li­gious and laity of the Catholic Church, along with Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Eco­nomic Af­fairs, Plan­ning and So­cial Se­cu­rity, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony, whose port­fo­lio in­cludes the Postal Ser­vice. The guest of hon­our was one of Saint Lu­cia's most cel­e­brated adopted sons, His Em­i­nence Kelvin Ed­ward Car­di­nal Felix. The long-time Arch­bishop of Castries, His Em­i­nence be­came the first bishop from the English-speak­ing Caribbean to be in­ducted into the Col­lege of Car­di­nals on In­de­pen­dence Day, 22 Fe­bru­ary, 2014. The is­sue of two stamps com­mem­o­rat­ing that event con­tin­ues the Postal Ser­vice's tra­di­tion of cel­e­brat­ing out­stand­ing con­trib­u­tors to so­ci­ety.

The stamp is­sue com­mem­o­rat­ing the el­e­va­tion of Car­di­nal Felix is, how­ever, un­usual. Post­mas­ter Gen­eral, Josiah Charles ex­plained to the au­di­ence last Fri­day that it is an ex­ceed­ingly rare oc­ca­sion on which the Postal Ser­vice cel­e­brates a liv­ing per­son with a stamp is­sue.

An ex­cep­tion in the case of His Em­i­nence was jus­ti­fied by his tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tions to the so­cial de­vel­op­ment of Saint Lu­cia in­clud­ing his work in ed­u­ca­tion, his lead­er­ship in the Catholic Church, and his in­volve­ment in poverty alle­vi­a­tion and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter An­thony pre­sented first day cov­ers and framed repli­cas of one of the stamps to Car­di­nal Felix and the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, and was in turn pre­sented by the Deputy Post­mas­ter Gen­eral. His Em­i­nence shared a few light mo­ments with his au­di­ence and thanked all in­volved for do­ing him “such great hon­our” and for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the project.

The $3 and $5 stamps are avail­able at most of the 46 lo­ca­tions of the Saint Lu­cia Postal Ser­vice.

Com­mem­o­ra­tive Stamp Is­sue - His Em­i­nence

Kelvin Ed­ward Car­di­nal Felix.

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