US issues Mother Teresa stamp; postmaster general ‘so very proud’
September 06, 2010
The US Postal Service issued a stamp in honor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta on September 5, the anniversary of her death and her liturgical feast day.
“Often, stamps are referred to as a nation’s ‘calling cards’ because they reach a national, and even an international audience,” said Postmaster General John Potter during a ceremony at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. “They focus attention on subjects our country regards with respect and affection, and that is certainly true of Mother Teresa, who believed so deeply in the innate worth and dignity of humankind and worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor, sick, orphaned and dying. That’s why today I am so very proud that our country, after making her an honorary citizen in 1996, is honoring Mother Teresa with such a lasting memorial.”
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States; Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of Washington; Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the shrine; Sister Leticia, provincial superior of the Missionaries of Charity; and Mother Teresa stamp artist Thomas Blackshear II.