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Pope Francis grants Plenary Indulgence in emergency of COVID-19.

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The Catholic Church published on March 20 the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary signed by the Cardinal Major Penitentiary Mauro Piacenza and the Regent Monsignor Krysztof Nykiel. The Catholic Church offers the possibility of obtaining plenary indulgence on March 27, at 6Ñ00 pm (local time). Those who can receive this plenary indulgence are the faithful suffering COVID-19, health professionals who expose their lives to the virus, also to family members who help those who are affected, and those who deal with those infected even from prayer. Similarly, those who wish to obtain indulgences may choose to visit the Blessed Sacrament, read the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, recite the Blessed Rosary, the Way of the Cross or the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.


It is important that the faithful ask God for the end of this pandemic, the relief of the sick and the salvation of the souls of those who have died. In other cases, those who are sick and have no chance of receiving the sacrament of the anointing of the sick and receive Holy Communion will also receive the plenary indulgence. It is recommended that faithful about to die to use a crucifix or cross.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Confession, remits the guilt caused by sin and returns the person to the state of grace with God. However, the penalties produced by sin must be repaired and compensate for the damage that sin caused. The penances imposed by the priest after having confessed our sins help to repair these damages, or in other cases, these damages are also repaired with the suffering of purgatory.


The Urbi et Orbi blessing is characterized by removing the trace of the penalties caused by sin. However, it is important to comply with the conditions established in the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary. The Vatican Press Office reported that the Holy Father, Pope Francis will grant this indulgence to those who spiritually join him in prayer through the media by reciting the Creed, an Our Father and a Hail Mary to the Mother of God.


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Source: Vatican News and