Mother Teresa Postage Stamp Gets A Local Launch

A handout proof of the Mother Teresa stamp.

LIMERICK PA – One of the U.S. Postal Service’s newest stamps will be introduced locally next week with a little bit of divine assistance.

Postal officials are scheduled to join members of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Limerick PA on Tuesday (Sept. 7, 2010) at 6 p.m. at the parish education center, 256 Swamp Pike, for a ceremony that marks the issuance of a new commemorative postage stamp honoring the church’s namesake, Mother Teresa.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s press office announced Thursday (Sept. 2) that representatives of the Postal Service Philadelphia Metropolitan District would attend the ceremony.

Aug. 26 would have been the 100th birthday of the Roman Catholic nun who was internationally known for her charitable work with the poor in third-world countries. She died Sept. 5, 1997.

The 44-cent stamp showing her portrait will be officially released to the public 13 years later to the day – Sunday (Sept. 5) – during a ceremony at the Washington D.C. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Associated Press reported.

Mother Teresa won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her half-century of work with the sick and destitute of India and other areas. She was declared an honorary US citizen by a joint resolution of Congress in 1996.

Photo from The Associated Press

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