By Marina Droujinina

This year, for the 20th anniversary of the Canonization of Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), and the institution of “Divine Mercy Sunday,” Pope Francis will preside over the Mass in the church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia, place of particular devotion to the Divine Mercy, on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 11:00 am.

The Mass will be celebrated in private and the Holy Father will conclude with the recitation of the Regina Coeli, which replaces the Angelus in Eastertide, reported the Holy See on Thursday, April 16.

The Mass and the recitation of the Regina Coeli will be broadcast live on television by Vatican Media and on the Vatican News Website, with commentaries in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.

Saint Faustina Kowalska, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, was born on August 25, 1905, in Glogowiec, Poland. Her process was opened at the diocesan level in the 60s and was closed at Rome in December of 1992. John Paul II beatified her in Rome in April of 1993 and canonized her at Rome on April 30, 2000. On the same day, the Pope instituted the liturgical feast of Divine Mercy, to be observed on the Second Sunday of Easter.

Through His intermediary, Jesus transmitted to the whole world His great message of Divine Mercy and showed a model of Christian perfection founded on trust in God and on an attitude of mercy towards one’s neighbor. This feast is prepared with a novena, which begins on Good Friday.

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