Pope John Paul left message for Divine Mercy Sunday
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- A message by Pope John Paul II for Divine Mercy Sunday, written prior to his death, was read today at the at the end of the first funeral mass celebrated for the pontiff.

Archbishop Leonardo Sandri read the text before the recitation of the Regina Coeli, which during the Easter season replaces the Angelus.

The feast of Divine Mercy, celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, was dear to the pontiff, who instituted the feast day several years ago

"To all of mankind, who so often seems lost and dominated by the power of evil, egoism and fear, the Risen Lord offers as a gift His love, which pardons, reconciles and opens the soul again to hope,” the Pope had written. “It is a love that converts hearts and gives peace. How the world needs to understand and welcome Divine Mercy!”

In his text, the Pope commented on the Gospel reading in which the Risen Christ appears to the Apostles and shows them His punctured hands and side. “Those glorious wounds that He made an incredulous Thomas touch eight days later reveal God's mercy who ‘so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son’,” the Pope’s text read.
"Lord, who with Your death and Resurrection revealed the Father's love, we believe in You and with trust we repeat today: Jesus, I trust in You, have mercy on us and on the entire world," the text continued.
"May the liturgical solemnity of the Annunciation, which we will celebrate tomorrow encourage us to contemplate with the eyes of Mary the immense mystery of this merciful love that bursts forth from the heart of Christ,” he concluded.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 27, 2015

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 3:22-30


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 3:22-30