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The week ahead: Divine Mercy, Spanish elections, St Joseph the Worker

'A sturdy son of David': St Joseph, depicted by Georges de la Tour

Many churches will be holding services for Divine Mercy Sunday, which as always takes place a week after Easter Sunday. Preceded by a novena which began on Good Friday, it is a day to implore God’s mercy.

The Divine Mercy devotion came about through the visions of St Faustina Kowalska, a 20th-century Polish mystic.

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On Sunday April 28 Spain goes to the polls for its first general election since 2016. The Socialist PSOE party leads in the polls, but would need to form a coalition to govern. PP, which is second in the polls, proposes restricting access to abortion.

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Wednesday May 1 is the feast of St Joseph the Worker (left), an optional memorial. It was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955, to coincide with International Workers’ Day, partly to show that there was a Catholic alternative to communism. The Pope said he wanted to “reaffirm … the dignity of work, and inspire social life and laws based on a fair share of rights and duties”.