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Living Our Faith: Divine Mercy Sunday

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Considered a mystic, St. Faustina Kowalska spread the message of divine mercy in her personal journal called “Divine Mercy in My Soul.”
 
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday after Easter. As the popularity of the day has grown, more

A stamp showing St. John Paul II, Jesus of Divine Mercy and St. Peter’s Basilica was jointly issued by the Vatican and Poland in 2011 to celebrate the beatification of the Polish pope that year, three years before his eventual canonization. There are many notable things about the life and papacy of St. John Paul, but the most notable is his devotion to divine mercy. (CNS photo/courtesy of Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office)

churches are using the day to remind parishioners about the power of mercy, confession and forgiveness.

St. Faustina’s message reverberated in St. John Paul II’s heart. During the homily for her canonization on April 30, 2000, the pope declared Divine Mercy Sunday to be celebrated worldwide.