Pope grants indulgences for World Youth Day
I remember the days when you could make a novena, say a certain number of rosaries, etc. and thereby cancel out all the punishment from those mortal sins, no matter what. The seemingly commercial aspect of this sort of relationship with a transcendent being was one of the things that drove me from the church. Now it’s back. The more things change…
Vatican City, Jul 7, 2008 / 10:33 am (CNA).- Pilgrims at World Youth Day and those from around the world who pray for the ‘spiritual goals of this meeting and for its happy outcome,” will be able to receive indulgences, the Vatican announced on Saturday.
According to a decree signed by Cardinal James Francis Stafford and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Pope Benedict XVI will grant two types of indulgences for the international gathering of youth.
Those who “gather at Sydney, Australia, in the spirit of pilgrimage” to participate in celebrations for 23rd World Youth Day, will be able to receive a full or plenary indulgence, the decree says. Partial indulgences will be available to “all those who, wherever they are, will pray for the spiritual goals of this meeting and for its happy outcome.” Pope grants indulgences for World Youth Day