Archbishop Nienstedt Issues Complementary Local Decree
Pope Benedict XVI has granted to the faithful the opportunity to gain a plenary indulgence during the “Year of Faith,” which began on October 11, 2012 and will end on November 24, 2013. The plenary indulgence was announced on September 14, 2012. The indulgence is “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.”
A plenary indulgence is complete remission of the temporal punishment due to sin, specifically sin that has already been forgiven in sacramental confession. The indulgence may also be applied for the good of the souls of the deceased faithful. This remission is granted by the Church through the application of the superabundant merits of Christ and the virtues and penances of the saints. The indulgence is granted after a sinner has confessed. An indulgence does not forgive sins. To gain a plenary indulgence: a person must reject sin of any kind; must perform the work of charity or say the prayer for which the indulgence is granted; and must also make Sacramental Confession, receive the Eucharist and pray for the intentions of the Pope. Ideally, these actions should take place on the day of the work itself, but may also be completed a few days before or after the work has been completed.
The decree announcing the Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith also states: “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".
Archbishop Nienstedt issued a local decree which complements the papal decree.
The universal prescriptions for the plenary indulgence are:
The holy sites designated by Archbishop Nienstedt for the Year of Faith are:
Each time that, on the days designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith, (see local dates below) 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.
The days designated by Archbishop Nienstedt for the Year of Faith are:
Read more about the Plenary Indulgence at TheCatholicSpirit.com.
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