Honoring Mother Teresa at the United Nations

Holy See’s UN mission, ADF International partner for exhibition, conference
Thursday, September 01, 2016

WHO: Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, ADF International
WHAT: Exhibition and conference on Mother Teresa’s life and her legacy for the UN
WHEN: September 6-9, 2016 | Media who wish to attend should RSVP no later than Sept. 4
WHERE: UN Headquarters, New York

NEW YORK – In celebration of the declaration of Mother Teresa as a saint on Sept. 4, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, together with ADF International, will host an exhibition dedicated to her words, witness, and works at the UN Headquarters in New York September 6-9.
“Mother Teresa was a true advocate for the sanctity of life and the family,” said ADF International Executive Director Doug Napier. “Sometimes she used words to present her ideas, but her actions and example spoke louder than her words. She acted faithfully and relentlessly. It is this passion that makes her a great role model for anyone working with or at the United Nations.”

“Making sure that people like Mother Teresa are permitted to live out their faith and impact the world in a positive way should be a priority for all nations,” Napier said. “This exhibit and conference, taking place at the heart of the UN, should remind us of her wisdom, her outstanding work, and her radical love for every human being, the poor, the sick, the unborn, and the dying.”
UN Secretary General Pérez de Cuéllar introduced the Catholic nun before her speech in front of the General Assembly in 1985 by saying “Mother Teresa is the United Nations” to illustrate that she embodied what the UN’s mission is supposed to be.
The week-long exhibition will culminate with the conference, which will feature an international array of speakers, including some of those closest to her. They will focus on aspects of her life and work, such as caring for the poorest of the poor, advocating for peace, and leaving no one behind.
  • September 6-9: Exhibition in UN Conference Building, first floor, curved wall
  • September 8, 6 p.m. EDT: Formal presentation of the exhibition, UN Conference Building, first floor, curved wall
  • September 9, 3–6 p.m. EDT: Conference on Mother Teresa’s enduring message to the international community, Conference Room 3, UN Headquarters
The Holy See and ADF International cordially invite all interested members of the media to attend the formal presentation of the exhibition and the conference. Members of the media who wish to attend can RSVP by sending an e-mail to athonhauser@adfinternational.org and must obtain UN accreditation at least 48 hours prior to the event.

ADF International is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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