The Second Sunday of Easter will be celebrated as the Sunday of Divine Mercy, following a decree issued by the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
   Devotion to the Divine Mercy is an authentic spiritual movement within the Catholic Church promoted by St Faustina Kowalska, whom the Pope canonised on 30 April.
   "Throughout the world, the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that humankind will experience in the years to come," the Holy Father announced on that occasion.
   However, this statement was not part of the Holy Father's prepared speech, so they do not appear in the official transcription of his address for that canonisation. The publication of this decree by the Congregation for Divine Worship this week serves to announce officially to the universal Church the Pope's desire.
   The focus of Faustina Kowalska's life was to announce God's mercy toward every human being. This message that has touched the hearts of many simple people, but also captured the attention of many theologians, surprised to find in the writings of a humble, hardly literate nun such extraordinary depth.
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24 May 00


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