‘Golden thread’ links Holy Year of Mercy and St. Faustina Kowalska

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March 28, 2015

IMAGE SHOWS ST. FAUSTINA, JESUS THE DIVINE MERCY

Polish Sister St. Faustina Kowalska is depicted with an image of Jesus Christ the Divine Mercy. Pope John Paul II will be beatified May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast that held special significance to the Polish pontiff. He wrote his second encyclical on God’s mercy, he canonized St. Faustina and his death on April 2, 2005, came a an hour and a half after cardinals and priests began celebrating the Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday at his bedside. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The rector of a Rome sanctuary dedicated to Divine Mercy said he sees a “golden thread” connecting the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy and the message Jesus conveyed to St. Faustina Kowalska nearly 85 years ago.

Father Jozef Bart, rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit, said the three most recent popes all “insisted on this message of mercy,” starting with St. John Paul II, who canonized St. Faustina in 2000 and declared the Sunday after Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday.

St. Faustina was a Polish Sister of Our Lady of Mercy. She had visions of Jesus saying he would show mercy to those who prayed for it and shared it with others. The Church of the Holy Spirit, just a block from St. Peter’s Square, has a side chapel dedicated to Divine Mercy.

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