Official presentation of the 2005 World Youth Day stamp in Bonn
Deutsche Post to support the international gathering by providing logistics servicesBonn, 07/11/2005, 11:30 AM CEST
The Vatican and the German finance minister are jointly issuing a new postage stamp. The occasion for this groundbreaking development is the 2005 World Youth Day in August. The official presentation was made by Barbara Hendricks, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Finance Ministry, and took place in Bonn's Post Tower on Monday in the presence of Cardinal Lehmann, President of the German Bishops' Conference, and Klaus Zumwinkel, Chairman of the Deutsche Post World Net Board of Management.
"We, too, shall be a part of World Youth Day," declared Zumwinkel in his opening address. In addition to the role of DHL as the official logistics partner of World Youth Day, Deutsche Post World Net will also participate in the event proper. Zumwinkel highlighted the panel discussion on "Human and Capital" with the Irish bishop Diarmuid Martin and Corporate Board Member Frank Appel, which is due to take place on August 19 before an audience of World Youth Day participants in front of the Post Tower. Zumwinkel explained that, by addressing the issues highlighted during World Youth Day, the Group is showing that it takes its social responsibility seriously: With 380,000 employees on all continents, Deutsche Post World Net acknowledges its place as part of the global community.
DHL, the official logistics partner, will transport the 500,000 pilgrims' packs and set up a mobile logistics center in Cologne for the journalists covering World Youth Day. The Group will also transmit the closing service in Bonn's Münsterplatz live from its show truck, while pilgrims will be able to use vacant Deutsche Post buildings as temporary accommodation.
In the words of Cardinal Lehmann, President of the German Bishops' Conference, stamps "build bridges, because they make it possible to send a message." He then added: "The World Youth Day stamp is a simple but effective advertisement for an event that, in a few weeks' time, will make headlines. The twentieth World Youth Day is coming - and the World Youth Day stamp heralds its approach."