Blessed Pope John Paul II to be canonized April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday
The Vatican has made the date official! In a statement released on September 30th, the Vatican said that Pope Francis “decreed that Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be enrolled among the saints on April 27, 2014, the Second Sunday of Easter, of the Divine Mercy.”
The Holy Father announced his decision at 10am at a public consistory made up of cardinals and bishops in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of mid-morning prayer.
Pope Francis had already let it be known in a private conversation that Blessed Pope John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014 which is Divine Mercy Sunday, the Feast of Divine Mercy established by Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Jubilee Year 2000.
For those who know well the life of Pope John Paul II, no explanation is needed for the setting of his canonization on April 27th, which is Divine Mercy Sunday, the Octave Day of Easter.
Blessed Pope John Paul II established this feast at the canonization of Saint Faustina on April 30th 2000, and the official decree from the Sacred Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments came just days later on May 5th, 2000.
Blessed Pope John Paul II, at a dinner following that canonization of Saint Faustina and the surprise announcement of the establishment of Divine Mercy Sunday, had commented that it was the happiest day of his life. And no wonder, for as he had stated previously, he had fulfilled the will of Christ by instituting the Feast of Divine Mercy.
Not only did he establish this Feast of Divine Mercy, but by God’s Providence, he died on the vigil of that feast, just five years later on April 2nd 2005. His last written words, recorded from his deathbed, called for a greater acceptance and understanding of Divine Mercy. He had written these words to be read to the public on Divine Mercy Sunday, which were read on that very day, and ended with the words “Jesus, I trust in You, have mercy on us and on the whole world”.
We must understand that the message of Divine Mercy, that was given to the world, by the Lord, through St. Faustina, and was recorded by His command in her diary, is primarily for the final outpouring of graces upon mankind before the Second Coming of Jesus.
The greatest of the graces is the promise of the outpouring of a whole ocean of graces and the total forgiveness of sins and punishment for any soul that would go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of Divine Mercy, now called Divine Mercy Sunday.
Jesus also told St. Faustina that
the Feast of Mercy would be the “last hope of salvation”. Although no one
knows when Jesus will return, it would be wise for everyone, especially pastors
of souls to take advantage of and make known the extra-ordinary gifts of the
total forgiveness of sins and punishment in the Plenary Indulgence offered on
Divine Mercy Sunday.
Robert R. Allard, Director
Apostles of Divine Mercy, www.divinemercysunday.com
Diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul (c) 1987 Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.
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