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Saint of the Day: Faustina



St. Faustina Kowalska

Feast Day: October 6

The visionary called the apostle of divine mercy deferred a religious calling to help her poor Polish family

Pope John Paul II canonized Polish Sister Faustina Kowalska in 2000. A vision of Christ inspired the sister of Our Lady of Mercy to promote the image known as the Divine Mercy. Pope John Paul II will bless a new basilica and pilgrim complex dedicated to her and the Divine Mercy during his mid-August trip to Poland. (CNS photo)

with her earnings as a housekeeper.

She entered the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925, serving in Krakow, Plock and Vilnius as a cook, gardener and porter until her early death from tuberculosis.

After reporting her visions of Jesus as the divine mercy, she was ordered to have a psychiatric evaluation and the church posthumously condemned her 700-page diary.

Her fellow Pole, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, championed her cause and had the ban removed after a retranslation; later, as Pope John Paul II, he canonized her and designated the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday churchwide.