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“Leaving No One Behind” – Mother Teresa at the United Nations

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

NEW YORK – On 8 September the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, together with ADF International, presented an exhibition on Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. Celebrating her canonization last weekend in Rome, the exhibit as well as a conference on 9 September are dedicated to her words, witness, and works.

“‘Mother Teresa is the United Nations’, said UN Secretary General Pérez de Cuéllar in 1985. He introduced Mother Teresa to the General Assembly as the most powerful woman in the world“, said Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.

Mother Teresa was a true advocate of love, peace and human dignity

“Mother Teresa was a true advocate of love, peace and human dignity – the great vision upon which the United Nations was founded. Ever life was valuable to her. That is why we hope this exhibit inspires the restoration and continual refreshing of that vision here at the UN”, said Alan Sears, President and CEO of ADF International.

“This quiet, humble woman spoke in clear and unequivocal terms. At a presidential prayer breakfast, or at the U.N. General Assembly, she confronted world leaders with the boldness of a lion, forcing them to face great truths about human dignity. This exhibition, shown 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.”

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

The week-long exhibition culminates 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. The conference will be held today:

•9 September, 3–6 p.m. EDT: Conference on Mother Teresa’s enduring message to the international community, Conference Room 3, UN Headquarters

A live-feed of the conference, pictures of the exhibition, and additional materials are available at

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