The first class holy relic of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska—known to the world as "the great apostle of Divine Mercy”—was installed at Divine Mercy Church in Pune on July 11, 2018. The church recently marked ten years of its consecration and the installation of the relic comes as the cherry on top.
The sacred relics are classified into three by the Catholic Church: the first class relics being the body parts or fragments of saints, the second class relics being belongings of the saint or the items which they used frequently: like a book, rosary, crucifix or a piece of clothing. The third class relics are the ones touched by the saint or touched to the first or second class relics, or even a third relic itself.
Upon arrival, the relic of St. Faustina was recived in great devotion and first venerated at St. Joseph's Church, Lonavala, and then to St. Francis Xavier’s Church in Chinchwad in a procession. Thereafter, it was taken to Sacred Heart Church, Yerwada and Brahma Sun City and finally in a solem procession to Divine Mercy church, Vadgaon Sheri, where it was installed by Bishop of Poona, Rev. Thomas Dabre.
The devotion to Divine Mercy began to spread worldwide in the 1930's, even before the death of Sr. Faustina. Through visions, Jesus spoke to Sr. Faustina: “Daughter, I need sacrifice lovingly accomplished, because that alone has meaning for Me. Enormous indeed are the debts of the world which are due to Me; pure souls can pay them by their sacrifice, exercising mercy in spirit".