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Saint Faustina, Faustyna Kowalska










Picture of Sister Maria Faustyna Kowalska, Saint Faustina, at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, Kraków, Poland.

Maria Faustina (Faustyna) Kowalska, commonly known as Saint Faustina, born Helena Kowalska (August 25, 1905, Głogowiec, Poland – October 5, 1938, Kraków, Poland) was a Polish nun and mystic, now venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as a saint. She was canonized by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000.

Polish nun, Sister M. Beata Piekut , who worked closely with Archbishop Wojtyła on lifting the Vatican's ban on Sister Faustina's religious diary, described him as not only a person of noble spirit, full of goodness and kindness, but above all as someone open toward others and interested in their affairs and problems. As the Archbishop of Kraków, Wojtyła often visited the home for morally troubled girls in Łagiewniki, a suburb of Kraków. The home was run by Sister Faustina's order, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.


Lagiewniki, Saint Faustina Statue

Lagiewniki, Church, Saint Faustina MonastaryLagiewniki, Home for Girls, Saint Faustina MonastaryLagiewniki, Saint Faustina PlaqueLagiewniki, Basilica, Saint Faustina Monastary

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This book is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the personal network of highly influential women who shaped John Paul II's attitudes, particularly on the debate of women's roles. Dr. Nancy Snow, author of Information War

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Ted Lipien has written an incisive and penetrating book on the role remarkable women, played in shaping John Paul II's outlook on important and controversial issues that defined his papacy. One of them was the Albanian-born nun and Nobel laureate Mother Teresa. Dr. Elez Biberaj, author of Albania in Transition: The Rocky Road to Democracy