SPL Stamp To Commemorate Mother Teresa’s Canonisation

August 31st, 2016 | by e Bangla
SPL Stamp To Commemorate Mother Teresa’s Canonisation
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THE India Post, the country’s official postal service, will release a special postal and numismatics cover to commemorate the canonisation of Mother Teresa, the Kolkata based Missionary who had dedicated her life to the depressed people. The special postal cover India Post will be released on Thursday. It will be made entirely of silk, said deputy assistant director (Philately) Polly Sarkar from the General Post Office (GPO) in Kolkata.
Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican September 4.The date was announced on March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ended the sainthood process.
“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,” Sarkar said. The postal cover will be released at the GPO in Kolkata to accommodate a large number of people who are expected to attend the ceremony, Sarkar said. Renowned philatelist Alok K Goyal, who designed the postal cover, told reporters that the cover will have an image of Mother Teresa along with a child.
“The cover will also have Kolkata skyline in the background to remind everybody of the city to which she dedicated her life and from where she started the Missionaries of Charity in 1950,” he said.
The limited edition postal cover, only 1,200 of which are being produced, has been made using high quality silk paper which was procured from Germany and each piece will have a face value of Rs 250.
Postal department officials said that online retailer eBay has already started selling a ‘First Day Cover’, which was launched in Washington DC in September 2010.
The ‘First Day Cover’ is in the form of an envelope with a stamp, with the envelope’s artwork featuring a portrait of Mother Teresa with the caption, ‘Peace begins with a smile – Mother Teresa’.“Our postal cover will also carry the Rs 5 commemorative coin Indian government issued in 2010 to mark Mother Teresa’s birth centenary. This will be special since it combines the stamp and the coin, both as collectibles,” he added.
Mother Teresa, it may be recalled, was widely known as a living saint as she ministered to the sick and the dying in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the world. Although some people criticized her for not challenging the injustices that kept so many people so poor and abandoned, her simple service touched the hearts of millions of people of all faiths.
Born to an ethnic Albanian family in Skopje now part of Macedonia, she had come to India in 1929 as a Sister of Loreto and became an Indian citizen in 1947. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.

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