Celebrating Mother Teresa’s canonisation ceremony on September 4th at Vatican city, India post has made arrangements to release a postal cover made of pure silk. Along with the postal cover, a five-rupee commemorative coin and a statue will be released on September 1st.
Also known as blessed Teresa of kolkata , the Albanian was 18 when she joined Sisters of Loreto. She was sent to Calcutta in the year 1929. She was teaching at convent in Darjeeling. She was extremely disturbed with the poverty at Calcutta and made her decision to stop teaching and help poor. She began her work in 1948 and won hearts of billions with her unconditional service to poor. She was born on 26th August 1910.
“A five-rupee commemorative coin issued by the Indian government in 2010 to mark the centenary birth celebrations of the legend will be engraved on the cover. This is a special feature as it combines the two cllectible items of coins and stamps,” eminent philatelist Alok K Goyal, who designed the stamps, said.
The collectors’ item will be released in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces.
“The cover will have a motif of Mother and a child. Along with that, it will also have Kolkata’s skyline. Other guests of honour will include principal of Loreto College Christine Coutinho,” Goyal said
“We are hoping that this coin will be a hit not only in the Indian market but all over the world as she has her fans in every corner,” Goyal added.
“As far as I know, such a silk postal cover has never been released in India. When we received the proposal, we thought it was a nice way to commemorate the historic occasion,” said Polly Sarkar, deputy assistant director, philately, General Post Office (GPO).
“We are expecting a huge crowd. Hence, it might be prudent to host the event at the GPO, which is also a heritage building,” she added.
The birth place of mother Republic of Macedonia, has also announced to release a special gold-plated silver coin on the Nobel laureate.
A life-size bronze statue of her will be installed at the Bishop House this Thursday, on the eve of her birth anniversary at Kolkata.
Mother Teresa established Missionaries of Charity, at Kolkata to serve poor, needy and disabled.
Canonisation ceremony is a Roman Catholic, or Anglican Church act through which person dead will be declared as saint.