After the painting was complete, and after all the corrections and touch-ups made at the insistence of Saint Faustina, the violently ant-Catholic Soviet occupation of Vilnius, Lithuania, forced the painting into hiding for many years. The painting switch hands 7 times, but not without great cost to those involved, until finally, two humble nuns bravely transported the miraculous painting across the dangerous border between Lithuania and Belarus. The painting was finally restored and installed in its permanent home in a beautiful shrine in Vilnius in accordance with the wills of Saint Faustina Kowalska and Blessed Fr. Michal Sopocko.
Despite the popularity of the devotion to Divine Mercy around the world, very few realize the importance of The Original Image of Divine Mercy. See more »