Stamps Issued for Mother Teresa's Beatification

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 3, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican is selling a special series of stamps to commemorate Mother Teresa of Calcutta's beatification Oct. 19.



Mother Teresa is pictured in her unmistakable white sari with a blue border, her face leaning slightly forward, and her hands joined.

Father Pierpaolo Francini, a director of the Vatican's Philatelic and Numismatic Office, explained that the series has, in addition to its religious and artistic value, a unique aspect for collectors.

It is a "a special stamp, different from others, as it has next to it another stamp of no value … in which five phrases of the future blessed appear," he said.

The choice of the phrases was left to the designer, the priest said. The phrases reflect Mother Teresa's work, her enormous charity and her humanitarian sense, he added.

The Vatican post office is considering a special postmark for the day of the beatification.