The International Academy of Divine Mercy in Krakow was founded by Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Metropolitan of Krakow. The idea of calling it to life, was born during the World Congress of Divine Mercy which was held in Krakow-Łagiewniki between 1-5 October 2011. As the aim of the Academy, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz mentioned: gathering the theologians of Divine Mercy around the Shrine in Łagiewniki and developing theological studies in the sphere of the theology of Divine Mercy, nurturing the cult of Divine Mercy and publishing materials concerning the devotion to Divine Mercy.
The idea of creating the Academy of Divine Mercy was unanimously supported by the participants of the Congress, among whom there were, among others: Cardinal Angelo Comastri (Archipresbiter of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican), Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko (President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Vatican), Cardinal Joseph Zen-Ze-kiun (Hong Kong), Cardinal Christopher Schönborn (Vienna), Cardinal Audrys Bačkis (Vilnius), Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (Lyon), Archbishop Józef Kowalczyk (Primate of Poland), Cardinal Franciszek Macharski (Kraków), Cardinal Stanisław Nagy (Kraków), Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz (Warsaw), Cardinal Salvatore De Giorgi (Naples), Archbishop Jan Babjak (Koszyce), Archbishop Stanisław Budzik, Archbishop Stanisław Nowak, Bishop Romulo T. De La Cruz (Philippines), Archbishop Alapati Lui Mata’eliga (Samoa, Oceania), Bishop Ištvan Katona (Hungary).
The International Academy of Divine Mercy unites the representatives of the worshippers of Divine Mercy from all continents. Through its studies and publications it wishes to serve the developing cult of Divine Mercy, reveal the various forms of the cult as well as to protect and guard its theological correctness.