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"There will come a time when this work,
which God is demanding so very much,
will be as though utterly undone.
And then God will act with great power,
which will give evidence of its authenticity.
It will be a new splendour for the Church,
although it has been dormant in it from long ago" (Diary, 378).


VATICAN, St. Peter's Square. The ceremony of canonization of sister Faustina Kowalska.
Fot. REUTERS, Photographer VINCENZO PINTO

 

CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS

2000 Vatican

On April 30, Pope John Paul II proclaimed Sister Faustina a saint and established the Divine Mercy Feast for the entire Church.

2001 Vilnius

Through the great 9-month Novena before the Image of the Merciful Jesus at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius (August 1999 – April 2000), the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus, supported by the prayers of Contemplative Orders, obtained the grace of the return to Vilnius.

2002 Vatican January 12, a plenary indulgence for saying the „Divine Mercy Chaplet” is established in Poland.
2002 Cracow

August 17, Pope John Paul II entrusted the destiny of the world to Divine Mercy.

2003 Vilnius

A thorough restoration of the first image of the Merciful Jesus was conducted.

2004 Vatican The Congregation for the Causes of Saints promulgated the decree confirming the heroic virtues of God’s servant Father Michael Sopoćko.
2005 Vilnius Blessing of the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus, where in 1934 the first image of the Merciful Jesus was painted.
  Vilnius

August 25, the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus began the second 9-month Divine Mercy Novena in thanksgiving for:

the 100th anniversary of the birth of Saint Sister Faustina
the 50th anniversary of the approval of the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus
the 70th anniversary of the first public veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus

2005 Vilnius September, the first image of the Merciful Jesus was placed for public worship at the high altar of the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.
  Lodz On December 10, by the decree of the Holy See, Saint Sister Faustina Kowalska was declared the patron saint of the city of Łódź.
2006 Vilnius

On April 23, the day of the Feast of Divine Mercy, the 9-month thanksgiving Novena was solemnly concluded.

2007 Bialystok Consecration of the Shrine of Divine Mercy where the mortal remains of the Blessed Father Michael Sopoćko are laid to rest.
2008 Rome April 2-6, the 1st World Congress of the Apostles of Divine Mercy took place.
2008 Vatican May 13, the Congregation of the Sisters of Merciful Jesus was approved under papal law as an institute of the consecrated life.
  Bialystok

September 28, beatification of Father Michael Sopoćko (70 years following the death of Saint Sister Faustina).

  Lodz September 28, at the initiative of the group „The Spark of Divine Mercy”, praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy began on the streets of cities.
2011 Cracow October 1-5, the 2nd World Congress of the Apostles of Divine Mercy.
2012 Vilnius June 6, blessing of a hospice named after Blessed Father Michael Sopoćko, the first hospice operating in Lithuania.
2013 Bogota August 16-19, the 3rd World Congress of the Apostles of Divine Mercy.
2014 Cracow October 3-5, the 4th World Congress of the Apostles of Divine Mercy.
2015 Vilnius April 12, solemn celebration at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Vilnius of the 80th anniversary of displaying the first image of the Merciful Jesus for public veneration.
  Vatican On April 12, the day of the Feast of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis declared to the whole Church „The Holy Year of Mercy” (December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016).




BIALYSTOK, POLONIA - The ceremony of beatification of the Servant of God Fr. Michael Sopocko

 

 

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