In an announcement carried here: (CNA,) “Pope Francis has decreed that St. Faustina Kowalska’s feast day be added to the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated by all on October 5.
The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship issued the decree May 18, the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II, who canonized St. Faustina on April 13, 2000, making her the first saint of the new millennium.
The decree said that Pope Francis had taken the step in response to petitions from pastors, religious men and women and associations of the faithful, and “having considered the influence exercised by the spirituality of St. Faustina in different parts of the world.”
This is interesting. I had once thought it odd that she didn’t have a date on the Universal Calendar, but then considered that she was the “Apostle of Divine Mercy” and as such she was more about spreading devotion to the Divine Mercy Message rather than attracting much attention to herself. But I suppose that if this does attract greater knowledge of Divine Mercy beyond the time around Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, then so be it.Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics" and "The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts" (Thank you!!)
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