Vatican City, (VIS) - According to a decree made public today and signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Benedict XVI will grant faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the Year of Faith. The indulgence will be valid from the opening of the Year on 11 October 2012 until its end on 24 November 2013.
"The day of the fiftieth anniversary of the solemn opening of Vatican
Council II", the text reads, "the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI has
decreed the beginning of a Year especially dedicated to the profession
of the true faith and its correct interpretation, through the reading of
- or better still the pious meditation upon - the Acts of the Council
and the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church".
"Since the primary objective is to develop sanctity of life to the
highest degree possible on this earth, and thus to attain the most
sublime level of pureness of soul, immense benefit may be derived from
the great gift of Indulgences which, by virtue of the power conferred
upon her by Christ, the Church offers to everyone who, following the due
norms, undertakes the special prescripts to obtain them".
"During the Year of Faith, which will last from 11 October 2012 to 24
November 2013, Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of sins,
imparted by the mercy of God and applicable also to the souls of
deceased faithful, may be obtained by all faithful who, truly penitent,
take Sacramental Confession and the Eucharist and pray in accordance
with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
"(A) Each time they attend at least three sermons during the Holy
Missions, or at least three lessons on the Acts of the Council or the
articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in church or any other
"(B) Each time they visit, in the course of a pilgrimage, a papal
basilica, a Christian catacomb, a cathedral church or a holy site
designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith (for example,
minor basilicas and shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the
Holy Apostles or patron saints), and there participate in a sacred
celebration, or at least remain for a congruous period of time in prayer
and pious meditation, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father,
the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and invocations to the
Blessed Virgin Mary and, depending on the circumstances, to the Holy
Apostles and patron saints.
"(C) Each time that, on the days designated by the local ordinary for
the Year of Faith, ... in any sacred place, they participate in a solemn
celebration of the Eucharist or the Liturgy of the Hours, adding
thereto the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form.
"(D) On any day they chose, during the Year of Faith, if they make a
pious visit to the baptistery, or other place in which they received the
Sacrament of Baptism, and there renew their baptismal promises in any
"Diocesan or eparchal bishops, and those who enjoy the same status in
law, on the most appropriate day during that period or on the occasion
of the main celebrations, ... may impart the papal blessing with the
The document concludes by recalling how faithful who, due to illness or
other legitimate cause, are unable to leave their place of adobe, may
still obtain Plenary Indulgence "if, united in spirit and thought with
other faithful, and especially at the times when the words of the
Supreme Pontiff and diocesan bishops are transmitted by television or
radio, they recite ... the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any
legitimate form, and other prayers that concord with the objectives of
the Year of Faith, offering up the suffering and discomfort of their
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