The convent at the Shrine of Divine Mercy has received a record number of thanksfor received graces (69,334), along with a record number of requests (as many as 771,986). They were submitted by mail, e-mail, telephone, at the convent gate and at the faustyna.pl website (form available under tab: “Intencje”). In addition, at faustyna.pl, visitors have left 520testimonies. They speak of their experiences of the loving presence of God and His action in the various stories of human lives, and they also build the faith of those who read them. The only vessel for experiencing these graces is confidence expressed in the fulfillment of God’s will. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, Jesus said to St. Faustina, because I pour all the treasures of My graces into them. I rejoice that they ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much (Diary, 1578).
In 2016, our mobile application for Android has been prepared and made available at www.faustyna.pl. The application has 7 language versions: Polish, English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Russian. It contains news, photo reports, on-line transmission from the Shrine of Divine Mercy and the most important topics related to spirituality and mission of St. Faustina. In 2016, the application was downloaded by almost 14,300 people. 5,900 users have remained active. In 2017, by the effort of the Congregation, the application will be prepared also for iPhones.
You can download a file “Jesus’ message of Mercy” at faustyna.pl for the non-commercial spread of the message of Mercy, which St. Faustina provided us with in her Diary. It contains the most important words of Jesus recorded by the Apostle of Divine Mercy. The pdf file has been translated into 13 languages. In 2016, it was shared 1,358 times via faustyna.pl. The Polish version was downloaded by 313 people, Spanish – 331, Italian – 98, English – 198, German – 92, Slovak – 2, Russian – 24; French – 268, Czech – 7, Ukrainian – 12; Belarusian – 3, Hungarian – 5 and Portuguese – 5.
For several years, sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy and the faithful venerators of Divine Mercy from around the world have been able to participate in our Perpetual Chaplet of Divine Mercy at www.faustyna.pl. In 2016, 2,646 from dozens of countries joined in this perpetual prayer. Thus, day and night, the incessant cry “have mercy on us and on the whole world” could be heard under the throne of God. We at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki would like to thank all those involved in this great work from the depth of our hearts and commend you all to the Mercy of Jesus through the intercession of St. Faustina.
This is the motto of the monthly retreat at the Shrine of Divine Mercy organized for young people and devoted to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Just as before the World Youth Day, the meetings will be led by honorable guests invited from across Poland and the world: renowned bishops, cardinals and leaders of Christian communities. During each of the seven meetings, selected Polish communities and movements who have been asked for a testimony and a short presentation of the charism will also be presented. The next meeting is scheduled for January 21st (Saturday) in the basilica. The following activities are planned: at 4.30 pm, prayer and an interview with our Guest concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a testimony of a community leader; at 6.00 pm, Holy Mass; about 7.30 pm, a conference from our special Guest, followed by a prayer vigil. The honorable Guests of the evening will be Br. Marek and Br. John of Taizé.
The nearest “Łagiewniki 22”, which is a monthly meeting of young people at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, will be held on Sunday, 22nd of January, in the chapel of the miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina. The meeting will start from the WORD, in its traditional rhythm. The conference about the role of the Word of God in human life will be delivered by Fr. Piotr Szyrszeń, a Salvatorian priest, spiritual director and retreat leader who ministers at the Salvatorian Spiritual Formation Center in Krakow. Immediately after the conference, ADORATION and WORSHIP of Divine Mercy will take place. Then, there will be time for COMMUNITY over a cup of tea for everyone. Those who cannot physically come to Łagiewniki, can connect to the on-line broadcast at www.faustyna.pl
On January 22, at the John Paul II National Shrine, sisters from the Washington community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy will lead another Evening with Merciful Jesus. During the meeting, at 7.00 pm, a conference about the merciful God who gives life, will be delivered by Sr. Inga Kvassayová of the Boston community of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy. The topic of the conference will be related to The March for Life, which will be held a few days later in Washington, D.C. The March is the largest annual pro-life manifestation in the United States. After the conference, there will be a communal Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and a confession. The meeting will conclude with a cup of tea for everyone. Evenings with Merciful Jesus are organized for young people who want to follow in the footsteps of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II to discover a new quality of life in friendship with Merciful Jesus.
In 2016, the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy who are the sole custodian of the relics of St. Faustina sent 320 particles of these relics (297 relics ex ossibus – from bones – and 23 from the habit) to 44 countries around the world. In Europe, the Apostle of Divine Mercy in the sign of her relics has traveled to 18 countries. In the Americas – to 12 countries, including Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil. In Africa, her relics were admitted at churches in 5 countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire and Zambia. In Asia, the relics of St. Faustina were transferred to 28 churches in 8 countries: Lebanon (7), the Philippines (6), India (3), China, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam and Papua New Guinea, which belongs to Australia and Oceania. Saint Faustina in the sign of her relic is now present in 117 countries on all continents, in 5,078 churches, shrines or chapels, where Divine Mercy is revered in a special way.
In 2016, 202,000 users accessed the Diary of St. Faustina in Polish and other languages at www.faustyna.pl. In the same year, full translation of the Diary was made available also in Italian. All language versions except French are now available also for tablets and smart-phones. Daily quotations from the Diary have been subscribed by almost 1282 – in Polish, Spanish, German, English, Italian and Russian. Many users have also accessed the Diary Concordance function available in Polish.
The super-high quality digital reproduction of miracle-famous image of Merciful Jesus from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki was viewed at our website by almost 77,600 users in 2016. The digital image was downloaded for non-commercial purposes by over 470 users from 50 countries: USA, Germany, Chile, Poland, Italy, Brazil, Croatia, Slovenia, England, Canada, Urugay, Argentina, France, Australia, Slovakia, Spain, Norway, Colombia, Mexico, Burkina Faso, Austria, India, Equador, Switzerland, Bolivia, Romania, Philipines, Russia, Venezuela, Panama, Ghana, Ukraine, Lithuania, Honduras, Serbia, Kongo, Lebanon, Madagascar, Hungary, Ireland, Kameroon, China, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Ivory Coast, Lichtenstein, Puerto Rico and Portugal.