2013-03-15

Pope Francis' Plenary Indulgence

When  Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony to greet the crowd  at St. Peter's Square, he gave his first blessing Urbi et Orbi – To the City and to the World.

He said:

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.
Brothers and sisters, I am leaving you. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me and I will be with you again soon.
We will see one another soon.
Tomorrow I want to go to pray the Madonna, that she may protect Rome.
Good night and sleep well!

Pope Francis, in his kindness, has granted a plenary indulgence to us.
 What is a plenary indulgence, you might ask?


Plenary Indulgence ( Latin: indulgentia, from indilgeo, to be kind or tender) is a remission of temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven.

Quite simply, a plenary indulgence is an opportunity to heal the wounds placed on our souls through sin, particularly of the kind that we may have an attachment to and find it difficult to reform for this reason.

You may remember indulgences from movies portraying the church during the dark ages, where such indulgences were given a bad rap for being given too freely or without proper authority.

It is a great gift that Pope Francis has given to us and like any great deal, it comes with certain conditions.

To benefit from this plenary indulgence, within 8 days (before or after) of his ascension to the throne of St. Peter, we must:

  • Avail ourselves of the Sacrament of Confession
  • Pray for Pope Francis' intentions (say an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be)
  • Receive the Holy Eucharist with total detachment from all venial sins

The gift of plenary indulgence results in complete remission of temporal punishment for all our confessed sins. 

It is always a good idea to apply an indulgence to the souls in purgatory. Don't worry about losing the benefit of your indulgence. God cannot be outdone in his generosity!

In peace,

Peter's Bride

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