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The Divine Mercy is a Catholic devotion to the merciful love of God and the desire to let that love and mercy flow through one's own heart toward those who need it.
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VATICAN CITY – To evangelize means to help people understand that God himself has responded to their questions, and that his response – the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ – is available to them as well, Pope Benedict said.
Blessed Marianne Cope, as the head of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, N.Y., led the first group of sisters to the Hawaiian Islands in 1883 to establish a system of nursing care for leprosy patients.
Blessed Jacques Berthieu was a 19th-century French Jesuit missionary murdered because of his faith during an indigenous uprising in Madagascar.
Blessed Anna Schaffer was a German lay Catholic who experienced visions during a life of pain caused by a workplace injury.
Italian Blessed Giovanni Battista Piamarta found structure – and eventually a vocation – through a parish outreach to poor young boys and girls.
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, "the Lily of the Mohawks," is the young Indian maiden who, despite objections from some in her own clan, came to know and love Christ.
Blessed Carmen Salles Barangueras was a Spanish nun who pioneered equality of opportunity for women.
Blessed Pedro Calungsod, a 17th century lay catechist missionary in the Philippines, will be the seventh saint that Pope Benedict canonizes on Oct. 21.
The Second Vatican Council was "animated by a spirit of reform," but was afraid to use the word "reform," Church historian Jesuit Father John O'Malley told a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the council.