Vatican lifts punishment from WYD participants as long as they follow the rules


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Young people await the WYD in Rio this JulyYoung people await the WYD in Rio this July

The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a decree offering “plenary indulgence” to pilgrims going to Rio de Janeiro to see Pope Francis

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The young participants attending the World Youth Day being celebrated in Rio de Janeiro between 22 and 29 July will be granted the “plenary indulgence” which removes the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven. According to Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution Indulgentiarum Doctrina, plenary indulgence “can be acquired only once a day, except for the provisions contained in n. 18 for those who are on the point of death.” It applies to “the truly repentant and contrite faithful who will participate with devotion in the sacred rites and pious exercises that will take place in Rio de Janeiro.”


Pope Francis agreed to this last 3 June in an audience with the Major Penitentiary, Manuel Monteiro de Castro. The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary released a decree, formally granting “plenary indulgence” today.


Similar conditions apply to “legitimately impeded” faithful who participate in spirit via the live television and radio broadcasts “always with the same devotion, through the new social communications media,” the decree issued the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary.


A partial indulgence is also granted to the faithful, “wherever they are” during WYD, “whenever they, with a contrite soul, raise fervent prayers to God” for young people and the strengthening of their faith.


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