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Plenary indulgence for participation in World Meeting of Families

Catholic World News - May 25, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has granted a plenary indulgence for those who participate in the World Meeting of Families, under the usual conditions.

The 7th World Meeting of Families will take place in Milan, opening on May 30 and continuing through June 3. Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the closing Mass.

The Apostolic Penitentiary announced on May 25 that indulgences would be granted to participants in order that, “truly penitent and stimulated by charity, they may dedicate themselves to the sanctification of the family, following the model of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.”

A plenary indulgence was announced, under the usual conditions, for those “who, completely completely detached from any form of sin, devoutly participate in one of the celebrations to be held during the World Meeting of Families, and in its solemn conclusion.”

(The “usual conditions” for a plenary indulgence are sacramental Confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Pope, and the absence of any attachment to sin.)

For those unable to attend the events in Milan, a plenary indulgence is still available if, "spiritually bonded to the faithful gathered in Milan, they recite the Our Father, the Creed, and other devout prayers calling on Divine Mercy to grant the aforementioned ends, particularly when the words of the Pontiff are transmitted by radio and television.”

A partial indulgence was granted to Catholics during the time of the World Meeting for Families, “whenever, during that period, they pray with a contrite heart for the good of families.”

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