For the purpose of spreading the cult of Divine Mercy, guarding its correctness and promoting the devotion to Divine Mercy as handed down to the world by Saint Faustina Kowalska, the Apostle of Divine Mercy and proclaimed by the Blessed John Paul II, the Pope of Mercy, for inspiring theological studies aimed at fathoming the mystery of Divine Mercy and encouraging pastoral initiatives focused on spreading the cult of Divine Mercy in accordance with regulation 111 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law, I hereby institute an International Academy of Divine Mercy with the Main Office in Krakow and I endow it with the public canon law legal personality.

At the same time, in accordance with regulation 117 of the Code of Canon Law, I endorse the Statute of the Academy.

I appoint Rev. Prof. Dr. Jan Machniak of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow to the post of the First Rector of the International Academy of Divine Mercy in Krakow.

Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz
Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow

Krakow, December 8, 2011