Tuesday, September 7, 2010

U.S. Commemorates Mother Teresa's Birth Centennial With a Stamp

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta in a 2010 U.S. stamp
Photo courtesy: U.S. Postal Service handout

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a stamp this week in honour of the 100th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The stamp was unveiled on September 5, the 13th death anniversary of Mother Teresa, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The CatholicVote.org had organized a petition campaign to have the stamp issued. Over 146,000 people signed the petition. Some opposing groups, like the Freedom From Religion Foundation, opposed the initiative saying that the state and religion should be kept separate. Ultimately, the opposition failed.

Colorado Springs artist Thomas Blackshear II painted the portrait of Mother Teresa, reports Zenit news service. Bookmark and Share