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Mother gets a postal stamp in her name


Mumbai: Sister Lawrencia show postage stamp To celebrate the canonization of Mother Teresa as a saint, India Post on Sunday released a commemorative postage stamp on her. Union Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha at the Divine Child High School Andheri Mumbai. Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai : Mother Teresa, who is now Saint Mother Teresa, will have a new stamp in her name.  This philately stamp was unveiled by Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, on the occasion of her canonisation.

The department of Posts and Communications ministry issued a Rs 50 stamp on the occasion of her canonisation at Vatican City. After Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003, the department of Posts had released a stamp to commemorate ‘Blessed Mother Teresa’. This Nobel laureate was known for her work for serving the poor and the destitute people in the country. Speaking at the occasion, Sinha said, “It is an honour to release a stamp to commemorate Saint Teresa. She contributed a lot for humanity. In the past, the department of Posts had released her stamps but this one is special due to her canonisation.” Sinha spoke about the Bharat Ratna awardee, during a commemorative postage stamp launch function at Divine Child School Auditorium, Andheri.

On behalf of the Archdiocese of Bombay, Bishop Agnelo Gracias graced the occasion. “We can make our life sublime like Saint Teresa.” Gracias said, “She has left imprints in the hearts of each one of us.” He added that one should look at doing noble deeds in their lives. MLA Ramesh Latke praised the union minister for selecting his constituency for the release of the stamp. “Hospitals should learn from Mother Teresa. Charitable hospitals that should be helping the sick are moving away from their vision. I hope these hospitals learn from Mother Teresa,” Latke added.  The event was attended by representative of Missionaries of Charity, Sister Rubelle and many other dignitaries.