Pope marks 90th anniversary of Divine Mercy apparition

The Divine Mercy painted by Eugeniusz Kazimirowski in 1934 (CNA/Wikimedia Commons)

Marking the 90th anniversary of the apparition of Jesus to St Faustina Kowalska, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholics in Poland expressing his hope that Christ’s message of divine mercy would remain “alive in the hearts of the faithful”. Source: Crux.

According to a statement released by the Polish bishops’ conference yesterday, the anniversary of the apparition, the Pope said he was united in prayer with those commemorating the anniversary at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow and encouraged them to ask Jesus “for the gift of mercy.”

“Let us have the courage to come back to Jesus to meet his love and mercy in the sacraments,” he said. “Let us feel his closeness and tenderness, and then we will also be more capable of mercy, patience, forgiveness and love.”

In her diary, St Faustina wrote that she had witnessed a vision of Jesus on February 22, 1931, while she was living at a convent in Plock, Poland.

Christ, she wrote, had one hand raised in benediction and the other resting on his breast, from which emanated two rays of light. She said Christ demanded to have this image painted – along with the words “Jesus, I trust in you” – and venerated.

Her sainthood cause was opened in 1965 by then-Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, who – after his election to the papacy – would go on to beatify her in 1993 and preside over her canonisation in 2000.

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Pope marks 90th anniversary of Divine Mercy apparition (By Junno Arocho Esteves, Crux

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