Two events for the Feast of Divine Mercy
· Thousands of faithful at the Vigil and Mass ·
Mercy is not an abstract concept; moreover, it is like “the embrace of a dad and mom with their child”. It is something tangible that is expressed by deeds, such as those Pope Francis has requested of every diocese in the world.
In fact, to commemorate the Extraordinary Holy Year, the Pontiff asked that dioceses create a sort of “monument”, something lasting, a work of charity whose effects are not limited to the present time, but continue, such as a health care structure, a home for the elderly or for abandoned children, a school or a rehabilitation centre for addicts. The initiative was launched at the Prayer Vigil before the Feast of Divine Mercy at which the Pope presided on Saturday afternoon, 2 April, on the parvis in St Peter’s Square. Approximately 20 thousand faithful celebrated the the Jubilee for adherents to the spirituality of divine mercy. The Square came alive when the voice of St John Paul II was heard over the loudspeaker. The words were well-articulated in a firm tone which took minds back to the early 1980s, to the Polish Pope’s first years on the throne of Peter. A voice that recalled the link between Karol Wojityła and the Feast of Divine Mercy, which he instituted according to Jesus’ request to St Faustina Kowalska. But this link was not the only thing that brought a rustling through the crowd: It was on 2 April exactly 11 years ago, then too the Feast of Divine Mercy, that John Paul II died as a prayerful crowd inundated the Square. The Pope who in the third year of his Pontificate had written the Encyclical Dives in Misericordia and who in the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 had canonized his compatriot Sr Faustina. The memory of this woman religious drifted throughout the entire Vigil on Saturday afternoon and the following day, during the Mass in St Peter’s Square.
St. Peter’s Square
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