Saint John Paul II & Saint Faustina – WYD2016 Patron Saints

17 Apr


On 16 September 1978, the Archbishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla, was elected Pope, taking the name Pope John Paul II!

On the day of the inauguration of his Papacy, in his first speech delivered from the window of the Apostolic Palace, just before Angelus, John Paul II addressed the young with the earnest words: “You are the future of this world. You are the hope of the Church. You are my hope!” Meeting young people was of utmost importance for the Pope. He established World Youth Day.

John Paul II visited his homeland nine times: in 1979, 1983, 1991, 1995, 1997, and 1999. His last visit took place in August 2002. He always had a special place in his heart for young people, for Poland, and also for the Divine Mercy devotion that had it’s origins in his homeland. he will intercede for World Youth Day 2016 in a very special way.

Saint John Paul, Pray for Us.

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Helena Kowalska joined the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland at the age of 20, taking the name Sister Faustina.

She is remembered by the sisters as joyful, smiling, and always willing to share her happiness with everyone. And yet, through painful spiritual experiences, Jesus was preparing Sister Faustina for a great mission that she was to undertake at a very young age. Sister Faustina was able to see Jesus and talk to Him, to participate in the events of His life, and to take a peek beyond the mortal world – to see the reality of heaven, but also the reality of hell.

Jesus gave He gave Sister Faustina the task of proclaiming the truth about His Divine Mercy to the world: through her own life, her prayer, words and actions. The Divine Mercy devotion is an important part of our personal preparation for World Youth Day 2016.

Saint Faustina, Pray for us

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