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Coexist: Stamp to Feature Rabbi, Bishop and Imam

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/09/15

Interesting postal news from Belgium:

In an effort to promote coexistence amongst all religions, the Belgian post office, Bpost, has announced a new stamp to feature three religious Belgian leaders: the country’s chief rabbi Albert Guigui, Imam Khalid Benhaddou from the Belgian port city of Ghent and the Bishop of Antwerp Johan Bonny. The stamp, to be unveiled sometime in 2016, will display a powerful message of unity and equality: “Everybody equal, everybody different.” “The stamp is meant to show that in Belgium, despite what is happening and what people hear in the news, there are good relations between faiths,” said the 70-year-old Guigui, who has served as Belgium’s chief rabbi for over three decades, during an interview with the Times of Israel. “The photo shows us holding hands, united and working together.” The three religious leaders were photographed by Flemish photographer Lieve Blancquaert in Antwerp. “A stamp, which is something used in such a widespread manner, can get the message out to all people. What is needed is to bring the interfaith cooperation and dialogue down from the level of the religious leaders to that of the everyday people,” Guigui said.

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