PLENARY INDULGENCE - YEAR OF FAITH
SAINT PETER'S BASILICA IN ROME HAS ABOUT ITS UPPER WALLS OUR DIVINE LORD'S
COMMISSION TO SAINT PETER : "TU ES PETRUS..." "THOU ART PETER..."
THE ABOVE SECTION SAYS ""..ET QUODCUMQUE..": "..AND WHATEVER.."
The awesome power of binding and loosing is used by the Successors of Saint Peter with the greatest reserve and responsibility, out of respect for the Divine Donor of the power.Its use is uncommon, and when it is used, as in the case of a Plenary Indulgence it is given on the basis of a practical spiritual good being performed and reception of the the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion and the satisfaction of other spiritual requirements.
The announcement below of the availability of Plenary Indulgences for the YEAR OF FAITH beginning this month,is a beautiful example of such conditioning and speaks for itself.( There are certain irritating English translation and spelling errors in this VIS text, but these may soon pass as there are strong rumours of a new Director of VIS being appointed soon - an English speaker!)
We strongly urge every reader to make the most of this God given opportunity, and to select those means of complying that are most likely to fit the readers circumstances. Bring it to your Parish Priest's attention and get him to arrange occasions on which Parishoners can conveniently meet the necessary conditions.
In addition, do not overlook the orientation to the Year of Faith , the texts of the Council documents and most thoroughly : THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
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PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH
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OOUR HOLY FATHER POPE BENEDICT XVI
Vatican City, 5 October 2012 (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.
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"(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 suitable location.
"(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 legitimate form.
"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 Plenary Indulgence".
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 lives".