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REMISSION OF SIN

The true and actual forgiveness of sin. When mortal sin is remitted, this includes pardon of the eternal punishment due to it, but temporal penalty may still remain. When venial sin is remitted, the guilt is removed and as much of the temporal punishment as the person's dispositions warrant from the grace of God.