Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. The Sunday after Easter was designated as such by Pope John Paul II. On 23 May 2000 the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments declared "the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that mankind will experience in the years to come." In the Catholic Church there are many devotions and devotional practices that flow from them, one such devotion is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
This particular Sunday is also the day on which Pope Benedict XVI will formally celebrate both his eightieth birthday and the second anniversary of his pontificate, which actually fall on 16 and 19 April respectively.