ADF International


Honouring Mother Teresa at the United Nations

Holy See’s UN mission, ADF International partner for conference, exhibition

NEW YORK – On 4 September in Rome, Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa a saint. In celebration of this event, 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.

Mother Teresa is the United Nations

“‘Mother Teresa is the United Nations’ – were the words used by UN Secretary General Pérez de Cuéllar in 1985 to introduce the Catholic nun before her speech in front of the General Assembly. Today, we commemorate her life with this exhibit, shown at the heart of the UN, to 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,” said ADF International Executive Director Doug Napier.

“Mother Teresa was a true advocate for the sanctity of life and the family,” Napier added. “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.”

Save the date: Exhibition and conference on Mother Teresa’s life and her legacy for the UN

The week-long exhibition will culminate with a conference, featuring 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.

  • 6-9 September: Exhibition in UN Conference Building, first floor, curved wall
  • 8 September, 6 p.m. EDT: Formal presentation of the exhibition
  • 9 September, 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. Those who wish to attend can RSVP until 1 September at

Members of the media have to be accredited (at least 48 hours prior to the event) at:

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